A former Swain County DSS supervisor has pleaded guilty in a case relating to the death of a Cherokee toddler six years ago.
Aubrey Littlejohn died while in the foster home of her great-aunt, Ladybird Powell. Powell is currently in prison for involuntary manslaughter and child abuse relating to the child’s death.
An investigation found Candice Lassiter ordered the falsification of records to obstruct a probe into Littlejohn’s death. As a result of an investigation into a possible cover-up in the case, Swain County DSS offices were raided in February 2011 and records were seized.
Lassiter pleaded guilty to felony forgery charges Monday. Her six- to eight-month sentence was suspended. She’ll spend two years on unsupervised probation. Lassiter must also serve 48 hours of community service and pay more than $3,600 in court costs.
About a year and a half ago, former Swain DSS worker Craig Smith pleaded guilty on a forgery charge and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and fined $1,000.