Dorian Harper http://wfae.org en Mayor Of Indian Trail Denied Foster Care License For Public Comments In Abuse Case http://wfae.org/post/mayor-indian-trail-denied-foster-care-license-public-comments-abuse-case <p>The mayor of Indian Trail and his wife won’t be allowed to care for a foster child, and the reason has nothing to do with whether they can do the job.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:44:55 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 42700 at http://wfae.org Mayor Of Indian Trail Denied Foster Care License For Public Comments In Abuse Case Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse http://wfae.org/post/grand-jury-indictment-shows-history-child-abuse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We now know more about the charges of abuse against a Union County couple accused of handcuffing a boy to their front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">G</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rand jury indictments released Tuesday elaborate the history of abuse that authorities say the 11-year-old faced under the couple's guardianship.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:04:08 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 40837 at http://wfae.org Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse Union County To Dissolve Health Board After Child Abuse Case http://wfae.org/post/union-county-dissolve-health-board-after-child-abuse-case <p>Union County commissioners will move to dissolve the board that oversees the county’s Division of Social Services, according to one commissioner in a series of Youtube videos the county released today. The change would come as part of the county's response to the high-profile child-abuse case earlier this month, where an 11-year-old boy was found handcuffed by the ankle to his front porch. One of the guardians of the child, Wanda Larson, was a supervisor for Child Protective Services, which is part of the division.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:10:25 +0000 Ben Bradford & Tasnim Shamma 40014 at http://wfae.org Union County DSS Fires Supervisor Accused Of Child Abuse http://wfae.org/post/union-county-dss-fires-supervisor-accused-child-abuse <p>Union County fired Wanda Larson on Friday, accusing the former supervisor with the Department of Social Services of “unacceptable personal conduct and grossly inefficient job performance.”</p><p>Larson, who headed a group of child-protection investigators for the agency, faces child abuse and other charges after an 11-year-old boy under her legal care was found chained to the porch of her rural home, a dead chicken tied around his neck.</p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 02:14:55 +0000 Michael Gordon and Adam Bell/Charlotte Observer 39807 at http://wfae.org Union County Faulted Over Handling Of Previous Child Abuse Complaint http://wfae.org/post/union-county-faulted-over-handling-previous-child-abuse-complaint-0 <p>The Union County Department of Social Services used a “bogus” interpretation of state law in dismissing a 2012 sheriff’s complaint against a top DSS official, a child-protection expert said Thursday.</p><p>The DSS supervisor, Wanda Larson, was arrested last week in connection with a new abuse case involving the same boy as in 2012.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:37:42 +0000 Michael Gordon and Adam Bell/Charlotte Observer 39758 at http://wfae.org Many Records Off Limits In Union County Abuse Case http://wfae.org/post/many-records-limits-union-county-abuse-case <p>In the week since the Union County sheriff’s office charged a Monroe couple with handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by the ankle to their front porch, we know a lot about the case: We know the temperature was in the high 20s around 9 a.m. when an animal control officer spotted the boy. We know that one of the child’s caretakers, Wanda Larson, is a supervisor in Union County’s Child Protective Services. But, a lot of restricted information about Larson’s work, her adopted children, and the handcuffed child we don’t know. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss what we don’t know, and why.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 39624 at http://wfae.org Monroe Couple Were Guardians, Not Foster Parents Of Handcuffed Child http://wfae.org/post/monroe-couple-were-guardians-not-foster-parents-handcuffed-child <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy to their front porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck are not the foster parents of that child, as previously reported. </span>DHHS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the foster care license for Wanda Larson and Dorian Harper expired in 2010.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 39567 at http://wfae.org