It’s been a year since A.J. Freund was found dead in April, 2019.
According to People, his body was found in a shallow grave wrapped in plastic.
His parents were later charged with murder. The mother was sentenced to 35 years in prison and his father is still awaiting trial.
Carlos Acosta, an elected board member in McHenry County, and his former supervisor Andrew Polovin, were arrested in connection to his death. Both were workers at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). They are being charged with two felony counts of endangering the life of a child and one count of reckless conduct, according to CBS Chicago.
The men left their jobs in December after a lengthy internal disciplinary process. DCFS hasn’t commented on whether they were fired or quit, according to Bakersfield.
Acosta was assigned to investigate a Dec. 18, 2018 call from police about a bruise on AJ’s right hip. AJ gave various statements about what happened, but told an emergency room doctor, “Maybe mommy didn’t mean to hurt me.”
Acosta decided the allegation of abuse was unfounded about two weeks later after consulting Polovin, who was the supervisor in two earlier calls involving AJ, according to Bakersfield.
AJ was removed from home after he was born in 2013 when opiates were found in his system. He was returned in 2015, but there were multiple allegations of child and drug abuse. Police responded at least 17 times to the home, according to WLS-TV.
“I got the sense from what I read that the cops were essentially begging [DCFS] to take the child….there were so many calls made, so many signs of trouble and still nothing was done,” said state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz.
Community members have called for Acosta’s resignation of the board through a Change.org petition. It has so far gotten over 5,000 signatures.
“Carlos Acosta failed aJ, failed AJ’s family, failed the police, failed the doctor, failed our community, failed the residents of McHenry County, failed DCFS, failed the taxpayers of Illinois…. we, as tax paying citizens of McHenry County, do not want him representing us. We sign this petition demanding his immediate resignation/ removal from the McHenry County Board,” the petition states.