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KFC to honor $30,000 pledge to scarred 3-year-old

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UPDATE: KFC officials have vowed to honor their commitment to donate $30,000 to the family of the "badly disfigured" 3-year-old girl.

According to Rick Maynard, spokesman for KFC:

“Like the rest of America, the KFC family has been moved by the story of Victoria’s injuries and recovery. After the alleged incident was reported to us, two investigations took place, including one by an independent investigator. Neither revealed any evidence that the incident occurred and we consider the investigation closed. We are honoring our commitment to make a $30,000 donation to assist with Victoria’s medical bills. We hope everyone keeps Victoria in their thoughts and prayers. She will certainly be in ours.”

Mississippi newspaper, the Laurel Leader-Call, learned exclusively that the story about a "badly disfigured" 3-year-old being asked to leave a KFC restaurant is nothing more than a hoax.

According to the paper, the family is responsible for "bilking the public and professionals for more than $135,000 in cash, as well as gifts and free surgeries."

Sources spoke to the family under the condition of anonymity. KFC officials would not comment on the case but they released a statement about it Friday.

The statement released by Kirck Hannon, franchise owner of the Jackson, MS KFC restaurant where this allegedly happened said:

“We continue to take this report seriously, and of course have great sympathy for Victoria and her family. Since we have so far not been able to verify the incident in our internal investigation, we have also hired a third-party consultant to conduct an independent investigation to help us resolve this matter.”

Attempts by the Laurel Leader-Call to reach the family were unsuccessful. 

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