JACKSON, Miss. — The story of a seriously injured three year old girl asked to leave a Jackson KFC because her injuries were scaring other customers is a hoax according to the Laurel Leader Call newspaper.
The paper quotes unidentified sources as saying the scheme helped the family bilk the public and professionals for more than $135,000 in cash as well as gifts and medical care.
Victoria Wilcher was severely disfigured by a pit bull attack at a relative’s home which required extensive care at a Jackson hospital.
The paper compared accounts of the alleged incident given by Victoria’s grandmother to reporters with the timeline of treatment and other medical care on a Facebook page set up for people to follow the girl’s story. There are a number of places where the two accounts conflict.
Also, sources told the newspaper that surveillance video of both KFC restaurants near the hospital show no visits by a child matching Victoria’s description or even an order like the one the grandmother claims she placed. The first KFC cited by the grandmother as the location has been closed for years.
The story generated massive negative publicity for KFC and has led to criticism and attacks on the managers of the two KFC locations there.