UNION COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina married couple was arrested after authorities said a child was found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck.
The News & Observer reported that Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson, both 57 and of Union County, face various charges including child abuse.
Union County deputies said they were investigating an animal service complaint Friday at a neighboring home when the child was discovered at 4116 Austin Road, south of Monroe.
The investigating deputy said he came across a shivering child handcuffed by the ankle to the railing. The child was described as being around 10-12 years old.
Moments later, deputies said a man appeared on the porch along with another child that released several dogs on the officer.
The deputy reportedly went back to his patrol car and the man then removed the handcuffed child from the porch and put the dead chicken on a barrel.
Deputies said one of the suspects, Larson, is a Child Protective Services supervisor in Union County.
Officials said she and her husband had adopted four children and were serving as foster parents for a fifth child.
Deputies said when they searched the home shortly later; they found five children, ages 8, 9, 11, 13 and 14. Authorities said the children have been removed from the home.
Deputies said the suspects were charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment and cruelty to animals.
They were both placed in the Union County Jail and have court planned for Monday. Harper was given a $500,000 bond and Larson a $525,000 bond.
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