Social worker pleads guilty in NC child's death

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

BRYSON CITY, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina social service worker is pleading guilty to trying to cover up the agency's role after a child's death.  

Thirty-year-old Candice Lassiter is pleading guilty to three counts of forgery related to the police investigation of 15-month-old Aubrey Kina-Marie Littlejohn's 2011 death.   

Lassiter is being sentenced in August. But she agreed Monday that she would provide critical information as police continue to investigate the case.   

A trial is being postponed for Craig Smith, another Swain County social worker charged in the cover up. 

Prosecutors say that after Aubrey's death, Lassiter ordered Smith, a subordinate, to falsify records to make it appear that the department had done a thorough job investigating allegations that the girl had been abused. 

The girl's great aunt has pleaded guilty in the child's death.  
 

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