Court documents reveal more abuse

Dec. 10, 2013 @ 06:01 PM

According to recently released court documents, Wanda Sue Larson, who was a supervisor for the Union County Department of Social Services and Dorian Lee Harper, now face additional charges in reference to child abuse involving a child found handcuffed to their porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

The recently released True Bills of Indictment accuse Larson of maiming the child by breaking his pinkie finger, committing an assault on the child that resulted in a severe laceration between his ring and pinkie fingers, not getting medical treatment for the child and other charges. Harper is accused of burning the child’s face with an electrical wire, which resulted in permanent scarring, cutting his face with a knife, which also resulted in permanent scarring, as well as not seeking medical treatment for the child in addition to other charges in connection with the child being handcuffed to the porch.

Larson and Harper were originally arrested in November after a Union County Sheriff’s deputy discovered the child handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck and shivering at 4116 Austin Road. The deputy at the time was responding to an animal call before finding the child. A few moments after discovering the child, a man appeared on the porch of the residence and asked the officer why he was there. The officer responded by asking the man for his identification and an explanation of why the child was handcuffed to the porch. The man produced a driver’s license but then a child at the residence opened a door to the house, which released several large dogs.

By the time the animals could be secured, the man had removed the child from the porch and left the dead chicken on a barrel on the porch. The officer had requested backup and when additional officers arrived, the house was entered and searched. Five children ages 14, 13, 11, 9 and 8 were removed from the residence. Based on the general living conditions at the residence and items observed during the removal of the children at the residence, officers initiated a criminal investigation and Harper was taken into custody. Larson was not present at the time but was also later arrested. Both her and Larson were charged with intentional child abuse-inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment and cruelty to animals.

In addition to those charges, Larson was also charged with failure to discharge her duty as a public official.

According to Larson and Harper’s True Bill of Indictments, Larson is also accused of chaining the child to a piece of railroad track.

Both her and Larson also face cruelty to animals charges and according to the court documents, both of them are accused of starving an orange Bassett hound they owned.

According to a statement from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, it will not comment further on the substance or circumstances of the specific charges listed in the indictments other than the fact that they resulted from the investigation of the defendants following their arrest on their initial charges.

True Bills of Indictment indicate that the Grand Jury has found probable cause to charge Harper and Larson with the offenses listed and those formal documents will be served on the defendants when they are received from the Clerk of Court. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with the State Bureau of Investigation and Union County DSS to determine the facts and circumstances that led to the five children being placed in the home, four by adoption and one by a guardianship, according to the Sheriff’s Office statement.