CHARLOTTE, NC — A Department of Social Services supervisor and a CMC nurse accused of abusing children in their care faced a judge Monday in Union County.
Wanda Sue Larson and Dorion Harper are accused of handcuffing an 11-year-old boy to their front porch and tying a dead chicken around his neck. It’s a tragic case that has gained national attention.
Cindy Robbins says she is related to the 11-year-old boy. She says there have been troubling signs that reveal ongoing child abuse inside the home.
“If you do not finish your school work in time, then you’re therefore not allowed to leave your room. They were put inside their room and chained in there,” says Robbins.
The State Division of Social Services is now looking into the case, saying, “At the request of county social services officials, the Department will conduct a review of the county’s processes and procedures to ensure the county’s child welfare program adheres to proper standards and protocols as the local investigation continues.”
Jeff Gerber is a child safety advocate and the founder of the group Justice For All. He says more needs to be done to protect and monitor children being cared for under DSS.
“The DSS will not disclose what is really going on, and we’ve got to change that,” says Gerber, “…they must begin making unannounced visits with the assistance of local law enforcement so they can see for themselves what is really taking place.”
Union County Commissioners would not comment on the investigation before their meeting Monday night. The couple is due back in court on Jan. 7th.