The heart-wrenching story of a disfigured 3-year-old girl being kicked out of a KFC in Mississippi is reportedly a hoax.
Victoria Wilcher was left scarred following an attack by her grandfather's pit bulls.
Her grandmother's claim that she was told to leave a KFC in Jackson because of her appearance made international headlines and sparked public outcry. It also resulted in at least $135,000 in cash, as well as gifts and free surgeries, according to the Laurel Leader-Call.
Sources told the newspaper the whole thing was cooked up as an elaborate publicity stunt to raise money.
Security footage does not show Victoria or her grandmother at the KFC in question the day the incident reportedly occurred. No one placed their order of sweet tea and mashed potatoes that day either, according to the Leader-Call.
A statement posted to the Victoria's Victories Facebook page, likely by the girl's aunt, denied that the story was invented.
"I promise its not a hoax, I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has. The article circling the web calling this a hoax is untrue. The article it self say the investigation is not complete. It is not over until KFC releases a statement. The media outlet running this story is not connected with KFC. The family has not asked for anything, a attorney is handling all the media publicity for the family pro bono. Please do not believe untrue media. I have personally watched this family go without to provide for Victoria. They have not and would not do anything to hurt Victoria in any way."
KFC officials have said they will honor their donation to the family even if the incident is proven as a hoax.