A pretty little girl was disfigured in an attack by three pit bulls and it triggered a wave of national sympathy after her family said she was kicked out of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant because of her appearance.
Three-year-old Victoria Wilcher 's grandmother had claimed on Facebook that they were turned away from a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi, because of Victoria’s injuries.
"The lady came over and said that we would have to leave because...Victoria's face was disturbing other customers," she wrote.
The story sparked outrage everywhere.
Nancy Grace said on HLN, “Look at that little girl! She's beautiful to me! She's not scaring me!”
Willie Geist said on the Today show, “You like to think its one bad decision, one person in that restaurant. KFC would never condone that.”
Victoria's story touched America’s heart. Folks sent $135,000 to help pay medical fees. KFC offered $30,000 and an apology. A Las Vegas plastic surgeon offered his services for free.
But now, the local newspaper in Jackson is reporting it's a “Kentucky Fried Hoax” and “The jig is up.”
Surveillance videos reportedly show that Victoria and her family never entered the KFC near the hospital where she was being treated on the day she supposedly was kicked out.
Victoria's family insists the incident did happen.
Her aunt writes on the child's Facebook page, "I promise it’s not a hoax. The article calling this a hoax is untrue."
KFC said the company is investigating and issued a statement saying: "Regardless of the outcome KFC has committed $30,000 to assist with Victoria’s medical bills."
One thing's for certain, if this is a hoax, the three-year-old is not to blame. Her disfigurement is all too real.