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.
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