Although it still maintains that Kelly Mullins’ claim that she and her disfigured 3-year old granddaughter Victoria Wilcher were asked to leave a KFC restaurant in Jackson, MS on May 15th because the child’s “facial injuries were disturbing other customers" is nothing more than a hoax, KFC announced that it still plans to honor a pledge to donate $30,000 to the girls “GoFundMe” recovery fund.
More than $135,000 began pouring in to the “GoFundMe” site after the original story went viral. However, a published report by Mississippi's Laurel Leader-Call on Monday maintains that the family's KFC story was just a publicity stunt to raise cash to help defray her medical costs. Little Victoria was severely disfigured during an attack by a pitbull in April. Not only did she lose an eye, she is “still recovering from a broken nose, a broken upper and lower jaw and shattered cheekbones,” according to her family’s Facebook page, which has been monitoring her progress.
In addition, KFC spokesman Rick Maynard told several news outlets, including Reuters, that the restaurant chain has taken the supposed incident very seriously.
"After the alleged incident was reported to us, two investigations took place, including one by an independent investigator, which failed to reveal any evidence that the incident occurred. This includes failing to uncover any surveillance footage or written receipt that Mrs Mullins ordered iced-tea and mashed potatoes as she claims at any KFC locations in and around the Jackson area. As a result, we now consider the investigation closed.”
While the little girl’s family is sticking to their story, they seem to have taken down the GoFundMe page. In the meantime, sources state that neither the Mullins or Wilchers have asked KFC for anything more, and that a lawyer has agreed to handle any publicity related to the matter for them pro bono.