Boy chained with dead chicken around neck files lawsuit

UNION, N.C. (AP) — A teen who was chained to the porch of a North Carolina house with a dead chicken around his neck is suing his former foster parent, social services officials and Union County.

Local news outlets report the teen filed a lawsuit last week claiming Wanda Sue Larson used “connections” with local officials to manipulate his custody and that Union County inadequately supervised her. Larson and her boyfriend pleaded guilty to multiple child abuse charges in his case.

County officials declined to comment. A phone number for Larson couldn’t be found.

Prosecutors said the boy was beaten and starved and had been forced to sleep on a floor, chained up. Prosecutors also said he had marks and scars on his body as well as a broken wrist and an infected hand.