Former DCFS employee arraigned in AJ Freund case

Chicago News

WOODSTOCK, Ill. — A former Illinois child welfare who investigated allegations of abuse involving AJ Freund has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and reckless conduct.

Carlos Acosta, 54, of Woodstock entered the plea Thursday in a McHenry County courtroom. 

Acosta and Andrew Polovin, 48, were arrested earlier this month on two counts each of endangering the life of a child and one count of reckless conduct, the McHenry County sheriff’s office announced.

Carlos Acosta, 54, and Andrew Polovin, 48

Polovin was Acosta’s supervisor at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in the months before 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund’s body was found in a shallow grave near his family’s Crystal Lake home in April 2019, days after his parents reported him missing.

Polovin pleaded not guilty last week. If convicted, he faces two to five years in prison. His attorney says probation is also on the table. Polovin next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29.

AJ’s parents, JoAnn Cunningham and AJ Freund Sr. have both pleaded guilty in his death.

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