- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A judge has thrown out charges against the North Dakota Department of Human Services leader accused of impeding an investigation into the death of a 5-year-old child.

Maggie Anderson, the agency’s executive director, was charged with conspiracy to obstruct a government function and refusing to perform a public duty. Four other agency employees were charged in the case.

Northeast District Judge Donovan Foughty also dismissed similar charges against agency attorney Jonathan Alm on Tuesday, as the judge did with another agency attorney, Julie Leer, last week. Foughty has not ruled on a motion to drop charges against Laurie Gotvaslee, director of the agency’s regional center in Minot.

A fifth Human Services employee charged in the case will have her record cleared in three months if she stays out of trouble.

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