Boy chained with dead chicken around neck files lawsuit

Wanda Larson

UNION, N.C. (AP) -- A teen who was chained to the porch of a North Carolina house with a dead chicken around his neck is suing his former foster parent, social services officials and Union County.

The teen filed a lawsuit last week claiming Wanda Sue Larson used "connections" with local officials to manipulate his custody and that Union County inadequately supervised her. Larson and her boyfriend, Dorian Harper, pleaded guilty to multiple child abuse charges in his case.

County officials declined to comment. A phone number for Larson couldn't be found.

Prosecutors said the boy was beaten and starved and had been forced to sleep on a floor, chained up. Prosecutors also said he had marks and scars on his body as well as a broken wrist and an infected hand.

Larson and Harper were charged with child abuse and other various charges after they allegedly tied a chicken around their foster child's neck and were arrested in November 2013 after officials found the 11-year-old boy.

Larson and Harper, were licensed to care for foster children from 1998 to 2003.