Despite lack of evidence, Kentucky Fried Chicken said it will still donate $30,000 to the medical bills of a girl whose grandmother says was kicked out of one of the franchise's restaurants in Jackson, Mississippi.
In a statement on Tuesday, KFC said that two investigations, including one by an independent investigator, did not reveal any evidence that the incident actually occurred.
According to Victoria Wilcher's grandmother Kelly Mullins, on May 15 the 3-year-old was asked to leave a KFC eatery because her face—disfigured by a pit bull attack—scared other customers.
"We are honoring our commitment to make a $30,000 donation to assist with Victoria's medical bills," spokesman Rick Maynard said in a statement. "We hope everyone keeps Victoria in their thoughts and prayers. She will certainly be in ours."
The original report in The Clarion-Ledger said that Victoria's story generated more than $135,000 in cash, gifts and free surgeries.
The girl's attorney, listed as Bill Kellum in reports, did not respond to phone calls requesting comment.
Earlier, he had told the Ledger in a statement that "It is unfortunate that Victoria and her family are being vilified on what appears to be the result of an inconclusive investigation conducted by KFC and/or its agents that implies Victoria's story is a 'hoax.'"