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MCHENRY COUNTY, Sick. – The trial for 2 former Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff accused of kid endangerment enters its fourth day on Thursday.
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.
WGN plans to livestream the trial inside this story starting at roughly 9:30 a.m. The livestream will pause when the court takes its lunch break, but will resume inside this story following that break.
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. Defense attorneys spent most of Wednesday’s proceedings cross-examining 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.
Two child abuse experts with the Children’s Advocacy Center in McHenry County also testified on Wednesday, but weren’t allowed to be recorded on video. They said the bruise seen on Freund’s hip was unlikely to have been brought on by a dog, also noting 4 other bruises on his torso.
One expert labeled the bruises as ‘pattern injuries’ due to their location, grouping, and clustering.
The trial is predicted to take roughly one week.