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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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Round Lake Park police officer found not guilty of paddling child, causing her to be hospitalized

A jury found a Round Lake Park police officer not guilty of paddling his girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter multiple times, causing her to be hospitalized in April. Waymon G. Vela, 56, of the 21600 block of West Grass Lake Road in unincorporated Antioch, was charged with domestic battery causing bodily harm and domestic battery physical contact. […]

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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 […]

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AJ Freund’s DCFS investigator and his supervisor placed on leave, official says

Department of Children and Family Services caseworker Carlos Acosta and his supervisor, who were accused of conducting ‘sham investigations’ into AJ Freund’s abuse before his death, have been put on leave, a government official said. State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) said Wednesday that a source at DCFS confirmed that caseworker Carlos Acosta and his […]

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DCFS case workers conducted ‘sham investigations’ before 5-year-old AJ Freund died, lawsuit alleges

A federal lawsuit alleges that two DCFS case workers conducted ‘sham investigations’ and falsified reports despite clear signs that Andrew Freund was being abused before his death. “This week AJ should have been celebrating his 6th birthday, instead his family continues to mourn him. Unfortunately, the very people who were mandated to investigate the ongoing […]

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“Maybe someone hit me with a belt, maybe mommy didn’t mean to hurt me” Andrew Freund previously told to doctor

A new report detailing the timeline of DCFS involvement with Andrew Freund shows that he told a doctor months before his death, “Maybe someone hit me with a belt. Maybe mommy didn’t mean to hurt me.” On Friday, the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services released a more detailed timeline of their interactions with […]