KFC probes claim scarred child was asked to leave

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

JACK­SON, Miss. (AP) — Fried chicken chain KFC said an out­side in­ves­ti­ga­tor for a fran­chised restau­rant in Mis­sis­sippi has com­pleted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims that an em­ployee asked a 3-year-old girl and fam­ily mem­bers to leave be­cause in­juries she suf­fered in a pit bull maul­ing dis­turbed cus­tomers.

KFC spokesman Rick May­nard said the com­pany was await­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tor’s re­port. KFC hired an out­side in­ves­ti­ga­tor be­cause it was con­cerned that the Jack­son restau­rant’s in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion couldn’t ver­ify the in­ci­dent, May­nard said.

KFC’s com­mit­ment of $30,000 to help with the child’s med­i­cal bills will not be af­fected by the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, May­nard said.

At­tor­ney Bill Kel­lum, who rep­re­sents the fam­ily of Vic­to­ria Wilcher, said a state­ment would be is­sued later Tues­day.

Al­le­ga­tions that the child was asked to leave the restau­rant were made ear­lier this month on the Face­book site Vic­to­ria’s Vic­to­ries, which has fol­lowed the child’s re­cov­ery from the April at­tack. KFC posted an apol­ogy the next morn­ing and asked for more de­tails about what hap­pened.

Teri Ri­als Bates, the child’s aunt, runs the Vic­to­ria’s Vic­to­ries Face­book page.

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