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.