WATCH: KFC says no proof scarred girl was kicked out of their restaurant, but family is sticking by their story
TORONTO – The heartbreaking story of a severely disfigured 3-year-old girl who was allegedly asked to leave a Mississippi KFC may not be true.
The Laurel Leader-Call, a Mississippi newspaper, quoted an unnamed source Monday claiming the story about Victoria Wilcher — who was injured by a pit bull — is a hoax.
The child’s grandmother Kelly Mullins had told WAPT-TV Wilcher was asked to leave a KFC restaurant in Jackson “because her face scared the other diners.”
KFC apologized publicly and offered to $30,000 to cover Wilcher’s medical bills.
Outraged members of the public donated more than $130,000.
But on Monday, the Laurel Leader-Call reported surveillance videos show no one matching Wilcher’s description was in the store at the time her grandmother claimed.
The newspaper’s source also alleged no orders matching what Mullins claimed to have purchased were recorded on the cash registers.
Late Monday night, the family posted a message on the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page denying the accusation.
“I promise it’s not a hoax, I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has. The article circling the web calling this a hoax is untrue,” reads the post. “The article itself say the investigation is not complete. It is not over until KFC releases a statement.”
KFC said last week it hired “a third-party consultant to conduct an independent investigation to help us resolve the matter.”
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