Sullivan County child death investigation finds social worker lied in records

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN – (WJHL) – A former Child Protective Services investigator pleaded guilty Thursday in Sullivan County Criminal Court to forging an entry in a child death investigation.

Assistant District Attorney Julie Canter said Cathy Agnew was looking into the death of a child in January and falsely recorded that she met face-to-face with the deceased child’s biological father.

But the father died in December 2014. Agnew made the false record entry on Jan. 30.

Canter said Agnew told authorities she was under too much pressure to close cases and lied to make her closure rate look good.

The district attorney began looking into this case in March.

Agnew could face up to two years in prison. Her sentencing hearing was scheduled for Nov. 20.

According to Rob Johnson, a spokesman with the Department of Children’s Services, Agnew had been on leave. She resigned Aug. 17.

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