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Child handcuffed to porch with dead chicken around neck, police arrest parents

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Wanda Sue Larson(right)  and Dorian Lee Harper(left) Wanda Sue Larson(right) and Dorian Lee Harper(left)

MONROE, N.C. - The Union County sheriff's office says it appears the 11-year-old boy found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck was routinely handcuffed in the home.

Sheriff's Capt. Cody Luke also told The Charlotte Observer on Sunday that human waste was found on the home's floor.

Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Lee Harper were arrested Friday after a deputy found the boy. Larson is a supervisor with Union County Department of Social Services. The couple adopted four children and was fostering a fifth child.

The 57-year-old couple is charged with intentional child abuse inflicting injury, false imprisonment and cruelty to animals.

On Monday, the pair had bond set, WSOC-TV reported.

The judge issued a $500,000 secured bond for Harper.

Larson was issued a $520,000 secured bond. Each of them asked for a court-appointed attorney.

The next court date for both is Jan. 7.

The children have been removed from the home.

Investigators told WSOC-TV that they believe the couple would routinely chain a child to a piece of railroad rail found inside the home that was littered with animal feces.

"As bad as you think that house was on the outside, that's probably the cleanest part of that place," Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said.

Cathey also plans to investigate if DSS turned a blind eye to how Larson was treating the children.

"How did those adoptive kids get there, how did this get approved? Those are questions we want answered also and we'll get that as we move forward," said Cathey.

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