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KFC investigating possible hoax scarred girl was asked to leave

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Victoria Welcher, 3. Photo provided by Victoria's Victories Facebook page. Victoria Welcher, 3. Photo provided by Victoria's Victories Facebook page.
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Fried chicken chain KFC said a franchised restaurant in Mississippi has hired an investigator to look into claims that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and family members to leave because injuries she suffered in a pit bull mauling disturbed customers.

KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said the company is concerned that the Jackson restaurant's internal investigation couldn't verify the incident. An outside investigator has completed the investigation and the company is awaiting the report, Maynard said.

KFC's commitment of $30,000 to help with the child's medical bills will not be affected by the investigation's outcome, Maynard said.

Attorney Bill Kellum, who represents the family of Victoria Wilcher, said a statement would be issued later Tuesday.

Wilcher was reportedly with her grandmother at the KFC location two weeks ago.

"They just told us 'we have to ask you to leave because your face is disrupting our customers,'" said Kelly Mullins to local TV station WAPT.

In a Facebook post to the page ‘Victoria’s Victories’, which was created to show support for the girl and her family following the mauling, the family posted a picture of a recuperating Victoria.

"Does this face look scary to you? Last week at KFC in Jackson, Mississippi, this precious face was asked to leave because her face scared the other diners. I personally will never step foot in another KFC again and will be personally writing (to) the CEO," read the post.

KFC issued an apology stating, "Please accept our sincere apologies while we try to investigate this incident. If you could help provide details of the incident atsocial.media@sertec.com and we will look into this immediately. We have zero tolerance for any kind of disrespectful behavior by our team members. Once we have further details, we will immediately investigate this and take action, and we wish nothing but the best for Victoria in her recovery."

The story behind Wilcher's injuries has grabbed national attention.

Wilcher was visiting her grandfather in Simpson County on April 9 when three pit-bulls ripped open the door to a mobile home, dragged her into the yard and attacked her causing severe injuries to her face.

The girl lost her right eye and suffered a broken jaw, nose and cheek bone. She has undergone at least three surgeries to reconstruct her face with more expected as her facial bones heal.

Two of the pit-bulls were shot and killed by the girl’s grandfather, who was arrested for child endangerment, reported local TV station WAPT.

The third dog was euthanized.

Since the reported incident at KFC, an online fundraising campaign on GoFundMe.org to help with Wilcher's medical costs and her Facebook page have received overwhelming support.

More than $70,000 has been raised on the online campaign and Victoria’s Victories now has over 77,000 likes.

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