If you’ve been following the A.J. Freund case, then you might be familiar with these two men. They’re Carlos Acosta, 54, and Andrew Polovin, 48. These suspects have been charged with two felony counts for endangering the lives of a child and one count of reckless conduct. These charges hardly encompass the devastating abuse Freund received at the hands of his parents and their associates – both Polovin and Acosta were employees of the child-welfare department of Illinois but sorely failed in their roles.
These Department of Children and Family Services (DFCS) employees failed to protect Freund from his abusive parents. They are currently serving prison terms for crimes related to his death. Even though police and other concerned individuals alerted Polovin and Acosta that abuses occurred – yet they did nothing to stop it.
McHenry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Acosta and Polovin on Thursday following their indictment for child endangerment and more.
These two employees posted $20,000 bonds almost immediately upon their arrests.
Nevertheless, these men have an uphill battle against them. With the vile crimes committed against Freund, then it is vital for the Illinois Office of the Inspector General to take action against the employees who “ignored the parents’ long history of addiction, the mother’s recent relapse, and the parents’ isolation of the children from caring relatives and daycare providers.”
The DCFS keeps a tight leash on its information, which means they were only willing to confirm the termination of both men from their agency. They did not share any more information regarding how they would be punished.
“With the charges filed against him, Mr. Acosta cannot continue to be an effective member of the County Board. We spoke this morning, and I encouraged him to resign. My opinion is not based on his innocence or guilt, which is up to the court to decide, but his ability to represent the citizens of County Board District 5 with these charges being filed,” said Franks.
Franks added that it is essential to punish bad employees of the child welfare system “to ensure that this tragedy never happens again, as well as the need to hold people accountable if they were negligent in their duty.”
Charles Golbert, Cook County Public Guardian, as per the CBS Chicago report, admitted that it is rare charges are brought against child welfare employees.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and every now and then there’s something about charges being contemplating in different places, but it’s very unusual. It sends the message to current caseworkers that you have to do your job,” Golbert said.
He did not state whether he supported or rejected the charges. But he hopes they don’t repel people from joining the organization with a good cause.
“I worry we are going to deter good people, smart people from entering child welfare if they know that if they make mistakes and something really bad happens that they could go to jail,” he said.
What do you think about the charges against these former child-welfare workers?
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