By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

The Jackson, Mississippi Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant at the center of a social media maelstrom after an employee reportedly asked a 3-year-old girl with drastic scars to leave the restaurant has apparently hired independent investigators to look into whether the alleged incident in fact took place.

Victoria Wilcher's severe scars come from an attack she suffered a few months ago, apparently perpetrated by three pit bull dogs that belonged to her grandfather.  She was at the restaurant with her grandmother following a doctor's appointment that is part of the girl's ongoing care.  The family posted to its Facebook page that an employee stopped them and asked them to leave, saying that the scars and bandages were upsetting other customers.  After word of the incident went viral across social media outlets, the company apologized to the family, and spokesman Rick Maynard pledged that KFC would donate $30,000 toward Victoria's medical bills.

Now the Jackson restaurant, which is a franchised business, has hired its own investigators because it says it can't readily verify that that the incident took place as reported.  More from The Associated Press:

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