Former Swain County DSS director's firing upheld

BRYSON CITY, NC (AP) -- Swain County's social services board
has refused to reinstate the agency's former director.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the board decided Tammy
Cagle didn't show evidence its decision to fire her for
insubordination and conduct infractions was wrong.

Cagle was suspended and later fired following the January death
of 15-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn.

Former county social worker Craig Smith said he visited the
girl's home in late summer 2010 to investigate reports that she
fell down a staircase. Smith said he was later instructed by his
supervisor to falsify records about whether he made sure the child
received medical attention after the fall.

Investigators have said Aubrey spent 12 hours in a car seat with
little nourishment the day before she died.

No one has been charged in the girl's death.

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