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Neighbor: Kids in NC home 'looked pitiful'

MONROE, N.C. (AP) - The neighbor of a Union County couple accused of handcuffing an 11-year-old boy to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck says the children in the home "looked pitiful."
    
Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Lee Harper were arrested Friday after a deputy found the boy. The couple adopted four children and were foster parents to the 11-year-old. They appeared in court Monday, with bond set at just under $1 million.
    
Joyce Bigham says the couple live across the street, but the house is set back and isn't visible. Bigham says she and her husband see the children only when they run in the street to retrieve their dogs. She describes them as dressed like orphans.
    
Bigham says had she known of problems at the home, she would have reported them.

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MONROE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in North Carolina say 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.
    
Union County Sheriff's Capt. Cody Luke also told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1gXS78 ) 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 couple is charged with intentional child abuse inflicting injury, false imprisonment and cruelty to animals. They are scheduled to be in court Monday. It wasn't clear whether they have lawyers yet.
    
The children have been removed from the home.
    

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