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Larson Sentenced To 6 - 17 Months

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A Union County woman Tuesday pleaded guilty in the case of an 11-year old foster child who was found shackled to a porch, with a dead chicken tied around his neck. Wanda Larson and her longtime boyfriend, Dorian Harper were arrested in November, 2013 after a sheriff’s deputy investigating a loose dog complaint found the boy shivering on the porch. Larson was a Union County social services supervisor at the time. 

Larson pleaded guilty today to felony and misdemeanor charges, and was sentenced to between six months and 17 months in prison. She could have received more than seven years.  Harper pleaded guilty last week and received a minimum 6-year sentence. 

Union County District Attorney Trey Robison said he agreed to the plea deal with Larson primarily to spare the young victim from having to testify. Larson and Harper were also keeping four adopted children in the home at the time of their arrests. Larson apologized in court today, saying she wished she had done a better job of protecting the children