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Prosecutor in AJ Freund investigation misconduct trial say 2 DCFS workers were ‘heartless,’ lazy at their jobs

Opening statements were given and witnesses testified Monday during the first day of a trial for two former DCFS workers accused of mishandling the AJ Freund investigations before the boy’s death. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts of […]

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Trial begins for 2 former DCFS employees charged with mishandling investigations before AJ Freund’s murder in Crystal Lake

A trial began Monday for two former DCFS workers who were charged with mishandling the AJ Freund abuse investigations before the 5-year-old boy was killed in Crystal Lake. 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 life […]

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Judge allows key evidence to be used at trial against 2 DCFS employees charged following AJ Freund’s murder

A judge has allowed prosecutors to admit new evidence against the two DCFS workers who were charged with the mishandling of AJ Freund abuse investigations before the Crystal Lake boy was killed. Carlos J. Acosta, 56, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 50, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts […]

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Two former DCFS employees charged in AJ Freund case released from jail on bond

Two former DCFS caseworkers facing felony charges for their mishandling of AJ Freund abuse investigations were released from jail after posting bail. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday evening that arrest warrants had been served on Carlos J. Acosta, 54, of the 500 block of Prairie Ridge Drive in Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, […]

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Prosecutors looking into charges against DCFS supervisor in AJ Freund case

Prosecutors are looking into filing charges against a DCFS supervisor for his handling in the case of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy Andrew Freund Jr., who was murdered in 2019. The Northwest Herald obtained a search warrant affidavit filed on May 7 by McHenry County State’s Attorney investigator Robert Diviacchi. The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office […]

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2 DCFS investigators fired over their handling of AJ Freund abuse investigation

Caseworker Carlos Acosta and his supervisor, who had both been on leave, have now been fired by the Department of Children and Family Services for their handling in the AJ Freund abuse investigation prior to his death. Illinois DCFS spokesman Jassen Strokosch confirmed to multiple news outlets Friday that Acosta and his supervisor Andrew Polovin […]