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Social worker pleads guilty in NC child’s death

(Source: via AP) – BRYSON CITY, N.C.  — A county social service worker in North Carolina admitted Monday to ordering that records be faked during the probe of a child’s death, and she’s agreed to cooperate with authorities who are continuing to investigate her co-workers.

Candice Lassiter, 30, pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery related to the police investigation of 15-month-old Aubrey Kina-Marie Littlejohn’s death in 2011.

In return, prosecutors dropped three counts of obstruction of justice against the former Swain County social worker who will be sentenced in August. She faces up to 45 months in prison.

Her attorney Zeyland McKinney declined to comment, saying his client wasn’t interested in talking about the case.

But Aubrey’s mother, Jasmine Littlejohn, said the case was far from over.

“She didn’t do this by herself,” she said.

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