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Day 3 of DCFS Workers on Trial for AJ Freund’s Death

The trial for 2 former Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff accused of kid endangerment enters its third day Wednesday.

The multiple felony charges filed in Sept. 2020 against Andrew Polovin and Carlos Acosta stem from the April 2019 death of five-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund of Crystal Lake. They’re accused of getting known Freund’s life was in peril 4 months earlier yet not taking motion.

The bench trial began on Monday with the McHenry County State’s Attorney providing a gap statement for the prosecution, and separate attorneys providing statements for every of the defendants. Tuesday’s proceedings were occupied entirely by the state’s fourth witness, Carol Ruzicka. Ruzicka is a retired DCFS regional administrator who testified for the prosecution as an authority in regard to DCFS procedures.

Ruzicka will return to the stand Wednesday where the defense attorneys representing Polovin and Acosta will start the day with their continued cross examination.

WGN plans to proceed its livestream of the trial inside this story starting at roughly 9:30 a.m. There may be a planned pause for the livestream through the court’s lunch break after which it’ll begin again inside this story.

The trial is anticipated to take roughly one week.

Freund’s mother, JoAnn Cunningham, pleaded guilty to her murder charge and was sentenced to 35 years. His father, Andrew Freund, pleaded guilty to an assortment of charges and was sentenced to 30 years.

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