• Indictment: Union Co. boy's finger broken, burned with electrical wire

    By: Kathryn Burcham


    UNION COUNTY, N.C. - Channel 9 learned a Union County couple has been indicted after a child was found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck.

    Former Department of Social Services supervisor Wanda Larson is charged with child abuse.

    Larson’s husband Dorian Harper is accused of breaking the 11-year-old boy’s finger.

    The indictment says neither Larson nor Harper took him to see a doctor after it happened.

    Documents also show he was burned with an electrical wire and assaulted with knife.

    They even kept a steel railroad track in his bedroom they would handcuff him to.

    Officials said the conditions uncovered in Larsons' home are appalling.

    Larson was fired from her job as a Union County Department of Social Services supervisor on Nov. 22.

    Channel 9 found Larson had worked for Union County DSS since March 2003.

    She was promoted twice, most recently in December 2009 to Child Protective Services supervisor assigned to the investigative unit.

    Her salary was set at more than $54,000.

    Channel 9 is going through the indictment documents and will have more details at 6 p.m.

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