Dorian Harper pleaded guilty Wednesday to three felonies, including child abuse, assault and maiming.
The 58-year-old Harper and his girlfriend, Wanda Larson, also 58, were arrested after a sheriff’s deputy found the boy in November 2013. Larson was the boy’s guardian and a supervisor for the Department of Social Services in North Carolina’s Union County.
Harper and Larson are charged with felony child abuse, false imprisonment and maiming.
The North Carolina man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by his ankle to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck as punishment.
Former Emergency Room nurse Dorian Harper entered the plea to three felonies, including child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and maiming without malice. His plea came a day after a jury was seated in the case.
‘Yes, sir,’ Harper, 58, said when the trial judge asked if he was guilty.
Larson was the boy’s guardian and a Department of Social Services supervisor in Union County.
Larson faces similar charges.
She has pleaded not guilty.
Authorities said they think Harper tied the dead chicken around the boy’s neck as punishment for killing one of the chickens on the 5-acre farm where they lived.
The indictment against the couple said the boy had been subject to abuse that also included being chained to a piece of railroad track in his room.
Harper cut the boy’s face with a knife and used an electric wire to burn his face, according to the indictment.
The Harper pleaded just as his trial was sent to begin. Jurors were seated Tuesday, and opening statements had been set for Wednesday. It wasn’t clear when he’d be sentenced.
According to WYFF4 Harper and his girlfriend, 58-year-old Wanda Larson, were arrested after a sheriff’s deputy found the boy in November 2013. Larson was the boy’s guardian and a Department of Social Services supervisor in Union County.
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