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Victoria Wilcher Hoax: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

The heartbreaking story of a 3-year-old girl being kicked out of a KFC in Mississippi for the facial scars she sustained after a pit bull attack has been called a hoax, new reports claim. Victoria Wilcher was never in the KFC in question and her grandmother allegedly fabricated the incident to drum up funds to cover Wilcher’s staggering medical expenses, according to multiple reports.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Wilcher and Her Grandmother Were Never Seen on Store Surveillance Footage

Wilcher’s grandmother, Kelly Mullins, claimed the incident took place May 15. But the Laurel Leader-Call, citing anonymous sources, reported that store surveillance footage shows no one fitting Mullins’ or Wilcher’s descriptions in the store that day. Also, Mullins told various media outlets she ordered a large sweet tea and mashed potatoes for her granddaughter. But the store has no record of either of those items being ordered, either as a standalone order as part of a larger order.


2. Victoria’s Victories, Wilcher’s Benefit Page, Is Claiming The Incident Isn’t a Hoax

Victoria’s Victories, the charity Facebook page created by Wilcher’s aunt, Teri Rials Bates, promised supporters their story wasn’t fabricated, saying that KFC hasn’t released a statement about the investigation and cautioning people not to believe everything they’re seeing and reading. This comes after the page inspired people to boycott KFC restaurants and publicly shamed KFC on Facebook for denying service to Wilcher. National media outlets, including CNN and The Today Show covered the controversy as it gained traction online.


3. The Family Received More Than $135,000 in Donations After the Story Went Viral

After her story went national, the GoFundMe page made to benefit Wilcher raised $135,505 to cover her medical expenses. Dr. Frank Stile, a plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, offered to perform Wilcher’s reconstructive surgeries for free after seeing her story. KFC pledged to donate $30,000 to cover Wilcher’s medical expenses and has said they will honor that promise, regardless of whether the story proves to be false.


4. Wilcher’s Aunt Gave the Wrong Store Location on Facebook

(Facebook/Teri Rials Bates)

(Facebook/Teri Rials Bates)

According to the Laurel-Leader Call, Teri Rials Bates, Wilcher’s aunt and the administrator of the Victoria’s Victories pages, originally misidentified the store as being on State Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Not only is that the wrong store, but the State Street KFC location has been closed for several years. She later addressed the error on the Victoria’s Victories page, saying, “Im the Aunt, I run her page and Im the one that miss quoted that it was State street when it was actually Woodrow Wilson. Dont blame the grandmother for my mistake!”


5. The Store Caters to Patients at Baston Children’s Hospital Regularly

According to the Laurel Leader-Call, the KFC in question serves hospital patients regularly due to it’s proximity to Baston Children’s Hospital, part of the University of Mississippi’s medical system. The source said:

We have never ever ever run off anyone, and we have seen some really really sick people come to the restaurant from the hospital. We’ve had people come in who were shot in the face. We’ve had them with tubes and wire sticking out. We never have asked anyone to leave.

A KFC employee told the paper that he just started wearing his KFC shirt out in public on June 20.

Victoria Wilcher: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Victoria Wilcher, 3, and her grandmother were asked to leave a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi, because the scars Victoria sustained after a vicious pit bull attack were "disturbing our customers," a store employee told her grandmother.

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11 comments

  1. Quote from the Doctor from Las Vegas who says he i still helping Victoria:

    “Thank you for the continued interest in Victoria’s progress. Please be advised that Dr. Stile remains committed to helping Victoria. Our focus is on this child’s well-being and her future care.

    The important facts of this situation remain:
    1. An innocent child was viciously attacked by dogs
    2. She has serious disfiguring and life changing injuries
    3. Dr. Stile and his foundation have the ability to help this little girl
    4. We are making final arrangements for her to travel to Dr. Peters in Naples, Florida to get her new eye.

    We are very excited to be a part of the process of helping Victoria. Our commitment to this child, and children like her remains strong. We look forward to sharing information about Victoria’s progress as it becomes available.

    http://www.TFLSF.org

    • As much as i Hate the way this family has done .i Hope Victory gets a New Eye ..As She grows up She Needs to See her Lieing Sorry Ass Family …

  2. What pathetic people, if they want to do what’s right, they will return the donations… but we all know they won’t if they started this selfish story in the first place. God forbid they work hard, pay their own expenses, and take care of their children like the rest of the hard-working Americans.

  3. Sad but true, it was a hoax. Both Facebook pages have been deleted by Teri Rials Bates or someone associated with the family. I am so please to hear that Dr. Stiles is still going to perform services to this precious little girl along with KFC donating money as well. Public shaming can have an impact and it obviously did, this family should be apologizing for the firestorm that was created by the hoax. They have no one else but themselves to blame for this situation. Victoria is an innocent little girl who did not ask to be a part of a hoax or deception. My prayers will go with her always.

  4. What trailer trash. If an employeee really made those comments, the accuser who have a face to go with her accusation. Don’t tell me she wouldn’t be able to remember. That is an experience and face you would never forget if it happened t you

  5. Does it really matter…. GOD BLESS amazing people like Dr.Stile you are a truly a wonderful person ❤️

  6. It’s “Batson,” people. Not quite as famous as Botson Childrens’ Hospital, but still the Top one in the state. Sometimes a simple Typo can cause a lot of Consternation, as i am sure all your readers in Botson, Massachusetts can attest to…

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