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DCFS worker sentenced to 6 months in Lake County Jail for intentionally failing to protect AJ Freund

Saying he intentionally failed to prevent the death of a 5-year-old Crystal Lake child from his heroin-addicted abusive mother, a Lake County Judge sentenced a DCFS worker to six months in McHenry County Jail for his role in the death of AJ Freund. But, before being sentenced to jail, former DCFS social worker Carlos J. […]

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McHenry County state’s attorney says he has ‘grave concerns’ over proposed Illinois bill in wake of AJ Freund murder

The McHenry County State’s Attorney said he has “grave concerns” over a possible law eliminating DCFS automatically notifying state’s attorney’s offices when a newborn tests positive for drugs. Kenneally said in a statement the Illinois Medical Society were “flat wrong” that Senate Bill 3136 would not diminish the role of the state’s attorney’s office should […]

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Former DCFS worker seeks new trial after being convicted in ‘sham investigation’ leading up to AJ Freund’s murder

A former DCFS worker has requested a new trial, arguing he did not receive a fair trial, after he was found guilty of mishandling abuse investigations of AJ Freund before the Crystal Lake boy’s murder. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 […]

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Former DCFS worker faces up to 10 years in prison after being convicted in ‘sham investigation’ leading to AJ Freund’s murder

A former DCFS worker faces up to 10 years in prison but could also get probation after a judge found him guilty of mishandling abuse investigations of AJ Freund before his murder. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts […]

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Judge finds former DCFS worker guilty, supervisor not guilty of mishandling AJ Freund abuse investigations

A judge found a former DCFS worker guilty and his supervisor not guilty of mishandling abuse investigations of AJ Freund leading up to the Crystal Lake boy’s 2019 murder. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts of endangering the […]

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Trial to resume Oct. 13 for 2 former DCFS workers charged with mishandling AJ Freund abuse investigations

A trial will resume on October 13 for the two former DCFS workers accused of mishandling abuse investigations of AJ Freund leading up to the Crystal Lake boy’s murder. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts of endangering the […]