A third party investigation has revealed the report of a Mississippi KFC restaurant asking a girl to leave because of her facial scars was a hoax, according to the Laurel Leader-Call.
The story of Victoria Wilcher, who was disfigured by a pit bull attack, went national earlier in June after it was reported the 3-year-old girl was apparently asked to leave the KFC restaurant because her appearance upset other customers.
After social media users opened fire on the restaurant, calling for a boycott, the apology from the chain came quickly too.
Since the story gained noteriety, more than $135,000 was raised for Victoria. A Las Vegas plastic surgeon even flew to Jackson, Mississippi, last weekend to donate his services to help . Stile said Wilcher’s story tugged at his heartstrings to help Wilcher heal the scars she received during a pit bull attack.
According to the Laurel Leader-Call, a third-party mediator has determined the claims by Wilcher's family were fake. Sources told the paper surveillance video never showed any children matching Victoria's description on June 15, the day she was reportedly there.
Sources cite several other findings that indicated the story was a hoax.
Authorities said Victoria was attacked in April while visiting her grandfather, from whom Kelly Mullins, her grandmother, is divorced.
One of the dogs ripped open the front door and two other dogs dragged her into the back yard, WAPT reported.
The dogs bit the girl all over, but especially on the face. She has severe facial scars and lost sight in her right eye and the ability to move the right side of her face, Mullins told WAPT. She wears an eye patch with a cartoon character on it.
The three dogs that attacked Victoria were killed. The grandfather, Donald Mullins, and his girlfriend were arrested on child endangerment charges, WAPT reported.