A new report has made its way around the Internet claiming the story about a 3-year-old Mississippi girl, who was allegedly kicked out of a KFC restaurant because her face was disturbing other customers, is a hoax.
It's a story that went instantly viral last week.
KFC said a franchised restaurant in Mississippi has hired an investigator to look into the matter.
The story involves a Mississippi girl named Victoria who was attacked by three dogs and suffered several broken bones to her face, including her jaw, nose, cheek bones and right eye socket, according to the Victoria's Victories Facebook page , which first shared news of the alleged May KFC incident.
In a story posted to the Laurel Leader-Caller Monday, "sources with deep knowledge of the investigation" told the news outlet that the story is fake.
The report , citing unnamed sources who were not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, focuses on at least three points in the victim's story.
According to the report , the source says that the initial post regarding the incident said it happened at a KFC restaurant off State street. The source told the Laurel Leader-Caller that that location hasn't been open for years.
The source also claims that no transactions associated with the victim or her family's order were found at either of the two operating KFC locations in the Jackson, Mississippi area, nor were any patrons matching the victim or her family located on either restaurant's surveillance video.
A post on the Victoria's Victories Facebook page denied the news outlet's report: 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 fried chicken restaurant chain had not released a statement on their social media channels regarding the recent report as of Monday night.
However, KFC released a statement shortly after media began reporting on the alleged incident saying it had opened an investigation, as well as donated $30,000 to the 3-year-old's medical bills .
Teri Rials Bates, the child's aunt, runs the Victoria's Victories site.
A posting Tuesday at Victoria's Victories denied the claim was a hoax.
"I promise it's not a hoax, I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has," the post said.
"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," the posting said.
No one immediately responded to a message seeking comment that was sent through the Facebook page.
The results of the investigation are expected to be released this week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.