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NC social worker plead guilty to obstructing justice in probe of toddler's death

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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