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The Union County Sheriff’s Office told local news station WCNC-TV  the boy was chained to the porch by his ankle and was shivering when he was found Friday morning by an animal control deputy, responding to a complaint about a loose pig.

Harper and Larson (union co. sheriffs office)

Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson, both age 57, have each been charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment, and animal cruelty.

Larson, a supervisor for the county’s Department of Social Services, faces an additional charge of failing to discharge her duty as a public official. Dorian Harper surprisingly, is an ER nurse.

The couple has four other foster children, between 8 and 14. All five were removed from the home and placed in the custody of social services in another county.

A statement given by the sheriff’s office claimed that Larson was “complicit” in the boy’s mistreatment.

Harper’s bond has been set at $500,000, with Larson’s set at $525,000. They are due in court Monday.



Neighbor Gene Wallace described the family as reclusive and said they kept a variety of animals. “Pigs, donkeys, llamas.. the whole gamut … If we complain about their animals being on our property they get mad or they won’t come to the door when you go over there.”

Source: WCNC-TV  and WSOC