Author Topic: 'No sweet and innocent kid': Boy chained to porch with dead chicken around his neck killed the bird to provoke punishment from 'loving' parents, foster brother claims  (Read 337 times)

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An 11-year-old boy found chained to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck is no 'sweet innocent kid' and likely harmed the bird to provoke the bizarre punishment, his foster brother said today.

The 20-year-old, who didn't want to be named, said his adopted parents Wanda Larson and Dorian Harper provided a 'loving and caring home' but the boy has severe psychological issues, including a history of being cruel to animals.

He said his parents' punishment, though he didn't condone it, was a last ditch attempt to control the child's behavior and protect the rest of the household.

'Everyone says this is some sweet innocent kid when in actuality, he is not. He has been to counseling, he is on numerous heavy medications, but nothing has worked,' the brother told KHOU.

Harper, an emergency room nurse, and Wanda Larson, a social worker, have been charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment and animal cruelty. The couple have been jailed and, at a brief court appearance Monday, their bond was set at $500,000 each.

The brother said he believes the chicken around the neck was supposed to 'shame the child.

'There has to be something going on, between that child and that chicken,' he said. 'He either, one, didn't feed it and it died, or two, either he was out there harassing the chicken. He may have killed the chicken. This child has been known to be cruel to animals.'

He said the controversial discipline was his father's doing, as his mother, who would have put a stop to it, wasn't home at the time.

The brother explained the 11-year-old, who had lived at the home since he was six, was a problem child who was underweight because of a health problem, not because he was being mistreated.

'He would sneak out into the garage take raw meat out of the freezer, let it thaw overnight and next day go out there and eat it raw,' the man, who moved out of the home two years ago, when he turned 18, told KHOU. 'He has severe psychological issues.'

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