A boy chained to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck is telling his side of the story, which first surfaced in 2013. According to ABC News, the 13-year-old boy was abused by his legal guardian for several years, but was taken away from that hostility when police found him chained outside a house in North Carolina.
Police soon learned that the boy had been “punished” by several unethical methods. Not only was he beaten, but he also had his fingers broken and his face burned. Authorities say that the home was covered in “urine and animal feces.”
They removed four other children from the home, though it is unclear if the other children had been physically abused as well.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the boy was handcuffed to a porch, and two people were arrested on abuse charges. Wanda Sue Larson, 58, and her boyfriend, Dorian Harper, were both sentenced to prison. While Harper will serve more than 10 years after pleading guilty, Larson has already been released from prison. She served 17 months behind bars, blaming most of the abuse on Harper, and getting a lesser sentence.
The boy chained with a dead chicken around his neck is speaking out because he wants people to hear his side of the story, and know that this woman got off rather easy, in his opinion.
“I was scared to death. I thought I wouldn’t survive,” said the boy. “I want her to be in jail longer,” he added. Larson currently lives in the same county as the teen boy she once abused. He is living with his mother, who previously lost custody of her boy over an issue involving his aunt.
According to ABC 6 Action News, the boy worries about running into Larson, perhaps at a nearby shopping center. He wonders what would happen, or what she would say to him — if anything.
The boy chained with the dead chicken around his neck says that he still has nightmares about the years of abuse he suffered.
“I woke up and I thought it was real. It was just a dream, but I couldn’t go back to sleep,” he said.
The boy’s mother says that her son goes to therapy two times each week, and that he has a long road of recovery ahead of him. He is in summer camp, and has been attending public school since being taken away from Larson.
As for why the boy was chained with a dead chicken around his neck, he says that Larson blamed him for the chicken’s death, and made him “wear it” as a form of punishment.
[Photo courtesy of the Union County Jail via the Greensborough News and Record]