JACKSON, Miss. — If you gave money to help a three-year-old attacked by a pit bull dog, you may be getting some of it back.
The website, GoFundMe, has suspended the “Victoria’s Victories” campaign and is beginning to return thousands of dollars that came in from across the country. The site had already frozen much of the money due to the “ongoing uncertainty” surrounding the fundraising effort.
Victoria Wilcher’s grandmother had said the toddler was asked to leave a KFC in Jackson because her scars frightened some unidentified customers. However, the restaurant chain said Tuesday that its investigation did not turn up any evidence to support the family’s claim.
GoFundMe earlier released a statement saying:
“First and foremost the GoFundMe Team would like to wish the very best to 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher while she recovers from her injuries. While the controversy surrounding Victoria’s fundraising campaign is unfortunate, it’s important to remember that the investigation is ongoing and the party representing the campaign is standing by the original story. GoFundMe’s internal safeguards have been activated, placing a hold on the account balance until the investigation is complete.”
KFC pledged $30,000 to help with Victoria’s medical expenses prior to its’ investigation and it will still make the money available for her treatment.