2 involved in A.J. Freund case no longer state workers
Added 12-13-19 06:03:01pm EST - “Two child welfare workers at the center of an investigation four months before the death of a 5-year-old from Crystal Lake are no longer state employees, state officials confirmed Friday.” - Washingtontimes.com
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Two child welfare workers at the center of an investigation four months before the death of a 5-year-old from Crystal Lake are no longer state employees, state officials confirmed Friday.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Carlos Acosta and his former supervisor, Andrew Polovin, are no longer employed. Their separation from the Department of Children and Family Services came after a lengthy disciplinary process, but agency spokesman Jassen Strokosch declined to say whether the two were fired or resigned.
Acosta was the child protection specialist assigned to check a Dec. 18 call from Crystal Lake police about a bruise on Andrew “A.J.” Freund’s right hip. The boy gave varying explanations for the injury, including that the family dog had done it during play. But records show he also told an emergency room doctor, “Maybe mommy didn’t mean to hurt me.”
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Acosta determined an allegation of abuse was unfounded after consulting Polovin, who was the supervisor in two earlier investigations of A.J.’s well-being.
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