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Union County couple in child abuse case facing possible foreclosure

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- UNION COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Wanda Larson (left) and Dorian Harper (right).

The Union County couple charged with child abuse after a boy was found handcuffed to their porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck are facing possible foreclosure proceedings.

Wanda Larson, a county Division of Social Services supervisor at the time, and her boyfriend, Dorian Harper, remain in jail on felony child abuse charges. Larson was the 11-year-old boy’s guardian.

A hearing is set for Tuesday before Union County Clerk of Superior Court J.R. Rowell over a $124,000 note from Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp. now held by government-sponsored mortgage giant Fannie Mae.

At such hearings, an order is typically sought for foreclosure to proceed and for a sale date to be set. Rowell said it appears there may be an effort to work something out before the hearing, which had originally been set for July 10.

The couple’s 5-acre home, currently valued at $201,440, is in the 4100 block of Austin Road outside Monroe.

In May, Fannie Mae had lawyers with the Charlotte firm of Shapiro and Ingle named as substitute trustees in the case. Substitute trustees are neutral third parties that help facilitate foreclosure cases. A spokesman for the law firm was not available for comment Friday.

Harper and Larson also may face foreclosure over a $38,000 home equity line from Chase Manhattan Bank, county records show.

Trustee Services of Carolina is the substitute trustee in that case. One of its attorneys declined to comment. A hearing before Rowell that was set for this week was postponed, although Rowell did not know the reason for the move.

The couple also has not paid their 2013 property taxes, records show.

County authorities are continuing to investigate the criminal case, and no trial date is set.

Harper, 57, remains in Union County Jail on $500,000 bond.

He recently filed papers seeking to remove his court-appointed lawyer, Randolph Lee, citing lack of contact and other reasons. Lee was not available for comment.

In early March, Larson, 57, was transferred for medical reasons to a Raleigh prison and is segregated from the general population, officials said. Her bond is $520,000. Larson attorney Bob Leas could not be reached for comment.

Bell: 704-358-5696; Twitter: @abell
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