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Two former Illinois child welfare employees arrested in connection with the death of AJ Freund

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Two former employees of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services who oversaw the case of Andrew "AJ" Freund were arrested on Thursday, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

(CNN)Two former employees of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services who oversaw the case of Andrew "AJ" Freund were arrested on Thursday, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

Carlos Acosta, 54, and Andrew Polovin, 48, were taken into custody Thursday evening, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

CNN affiliate WLS reported the indictments of the two men said the DCFS workers committed failures that were a "proximate cause of AJ Freund's death. "

The sheriff's office said it does not have any additional information to release regarding the investigation.

DCFS released a summary of its records, reports and documents showed the agency had numerous encounters with the family, including 17 unannounced visits between June 2015 and March 2016.

The Illinois Office of the Inspector General said in its annual report, released this past January, that investigators from DFCS "ignored the parents' long history of addiction, the mother's recent relapse, and the parents' isolation of the children from caring relatives and day care providers. "

Board Chairman Jack Franks said in a statement released Friday that he asked Acosta to step down.

State law doesn't give the board or the voters the ability to remove Acosta from office, Franks said, adding that "the overwhelming sentiment would be for him to step down. "

"With the charges filed against him, Mr. Acosta cannot continue to be an effective member of the County Board," Franks said in a Friday statement.

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