Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cedar Posts Isn't Sure At What Point This Story Becomes Sick And Twisted

Child found handcuffed to porch with dead chicken around his neck

Wanda Sue Larson (left) and Dorian Lee Harper

A Union County social worker was one of two adults charged with intentional child abuse Friday after deputies found a child handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson, both 57, have been charged with numerous offenses after a deputy discovered the child at 4116 Austin Road, south of Monroe, authorities said.

Larson is employed as a supervisor with Union County Department of Social Services. She and Harper had adopted four children and were serving as foster parents for a fifth child, officials said.

Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey called the incident “shocking.”

“I can assure you that we have only just begun our investigation into what has happened, and we will pursue it to its fullest extent,” Cathey said.

A deputy was responding to an animal services complaint at a neighboring home Friday when he walked up to Harper’s and Larson’s residence and saw a “10-12-year-old child secured to the front porch at the ankle, by what appeared to be a pair of handcuffs,” officials said.

“The child also had a dead chicken hanging around his neck and appeared to be shivering,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Moments later a man appeared on the porch, and asked the deputy why he was there. The deputy asked for the man’s identification and why the child was handcuffed to the porch, officials said.

“The man produced a driver’s license, but then a child at the residence opened a door to the house releasing several large dogs that then accosted the officer,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The deputy got in his vehicle and by the time the dogs were secured, “the man had removed the child from the porch and left the dead chicken on a barrel on the porch,” authorities said.

When backup arrived, deputies entered and searched the home and found five children, ages 8, 9, 11, 13 and 14, the Sheriff’s Office said. The children were removed from the home. Officers then began a criminal investigation, and the man was taken into custody at the scene.

Harper and Larson have both been charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment and cruelty to animals, authorities said.

Larson was not present when the children were discovered but is accused of being complicit in the ongoing mistreatment of the children, the Sheriff’s Office said. She was also charged with willful failure to discharge her duty as a public official.

The child handcuffed to the porch is the 11-year-old Harper and Larson had been fostering, authorities said. The children are now in custody of an undisclosed social services agency outside Union County.

Harper is being held under a $500,000 bond. Larson’s bond was set at $525,000. Both are being held at the Union County jail and are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.


Anonymous said...

I not only did a couple of stints in foster care as a kid (the last during my senior year in high school), but have also worked in shelters. These shelters have a staff of Case Workers, AKA Social Workers. I can personally attest to the fact that some VERY screwed-up individuals end up becoming Social Workers. In fact, they are oftentimes more dysfunctional than the people they believe they're "helping." You don't have to be a genius OR well-adjusted to get that kind of degree. The pay is lousy and the work can be very political. Also, the system itself is overwhelmed and underfunded. Vetting social work candidates and then effectively overseeing them once employed is a joke! But this system is what taxpayers are willing to put out for - so the shambles that is the social worker system is what they paid for.

Never ceases to amaze me. Taxpayers and politicians will go to ridiculous lengths to build grand sports stadiums, shiny convention centers, state-of-the-art entertainment venues . . . but the system that supports society's unwanted children? Uh, NO WAY! Shows exactly what this country's priorities are we should all hang our heads in shame.

Divine Theatre said...

I agree. As a former ward of the state I find social workers to be the most vile, repugnant people on the face of this earth.
My prayers are with those children and animals.


Anonymous said...

As a former social worker in NJ I can tell you that it is no longer about the children. The so called "administrators" of many of these agencies could make ice on their heads. They are some of the coldest and cut throat people I have ever seen. I once had a clinical director tell a family that the agency would not help them get oil for the winter but they should cut up their furniture and burn it for heat. I no longer had the stomach to fight against a losing system. Thank goodness I still work in the capacity of helping children in need via educational services. Social workers, not all, can be despicable people.

Jeff A. Taylor said...

If I'm the sheriff I roll over to CMC-Union to rattle some cages to see if anything shakes out. Maybe this guy's co-workers really did have no clue. If nothing else I strongly "encourage" them to conduct an audit of any and all supplies this guy had access to at the hospital. Two sociopaths hooked up like this re-enforce and embolden each other, especially when it comes to duping large, bureaucratic orgs.

Anonymous said...

I want to know, am I the only one that heard the the captain with the Sheriff's Office say there has never been a call to the house in before? Yet not even a day later we are hearing about 911 hang up calls and assault calls. Is this not off putting to anyone else?

Anonymous said...

No other stories coming down Cedar....been pretty quiet here.