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DSS Worker in Swain County Pleads Guilty In Aubrey Littlejohn's Death Investigation

11:30 AM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
Courtesy: Asheville Citizen-Times
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Bryson City, NC-- A North Carolina social service worker is pleading guilty to trying to cover up the agency's role after a child's death.

Candice Lassiter, 30 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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