KFC probes claim scarred child was asked to leave
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.