A KFC franchisee in Mississippi is turning to an independent investigator to get to the bottom of claims that a disfigured three-year-old girl was asked to leave a Jackson restaurant because her appearance upset customers. 

Victoria Wilcher's Facebook page, called Victoria's Victories, has helped raise more than $135,000 US, including $30,000 from the KFC fried chicken restaurant chain, for the little girl.

A report in the Laurel, Miss., Leader-Call described the incident as a hoax, citing an unnamed source.

"It never happened," the story said, noting a confusion over whether the outlet allegedly involved was even still operating.

KFC spokesman Rick Maynard says the company is concerned that the Jackson restaurant's internal investigation couldn't verify the incident.

Maynard said KFC's $30,000 commitment to help with the child's medical bills stemming from a pitbull mauling won't be affected by the investigation's outcome.

A posting Tuesday on the girl's Facebook page denied that the claim is a hoax.

The Associated Press reported that no one immediately responded to a message seeking comment via the Facebook page.

With files from The Associated Press