Family of Mauled Toddler Turns Down KFC's Cash

Victoria Wilcher's family tells restaurant to donate it to nonprofit that's helping them

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 3, 2014 6:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – The family of a 3-year-old who was supposedly asked to leave a KFC because of the scars on her face from a dog mauling will not accept any money from the restaurant, saying it "unequivocally" rejects the promised $30,000. Victoria Wilcher's grandmother stands by her story, the family's lawyer tells the Clarion-Ledger, but there has been quite a bit of fallout since questions started burbling up about whether the whole thing was a hoax. KFC ultimately determined there was no evidence to support the family's story, but said it would donate to the little girl anyway.

"With everything that's happened, we just didn’t feel right about accepting their money," the attorney says. "But we did tell them they were more than welcome to donate the money to the Frank Stile Foundation." Stile is the Las Vegas plastic surgeon who has agreed to perform Victoria's cosmetic surgeries for free through his nonprofit foundation. He tells Fox News all the uproar doesn't bother him. "It didn't matter what people's motivations may have been," he says. "It doesn't change her injuries or her future she'd have without help." The doctor who will fit her with a prosthetic eye, also donated, echoes that sentiment to WAPT: "Victoria is a child who had nothing to do with whether it happened or not. She is a child in need of help." And he says he'll help her for life: Victoria's eye socket "will grow and will need refitting and replacing of that eye every six months to a year."

In this photograph taken July 13, 2010, the Kentucky Fried Chicken trademark logo is posted on a Mountain View, Calif., restaurant.
In this photograph taken July 13, 2010, the Kentucky Fried Chicken trademark logo is posted on a Mountain View, Calif., restaurant.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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