The Chicago Tribune reports that a wrongful deathsuit is a possiblilty on behalf of murdered AJ Freund’s siblilngs:
The boy’s 18-year-old brother, who is in college, recently filed a petition to open the probate case and asked that the judge appoint the bank to serve as independent administrator.
Though AJ at 5 did not have a will or assets, St. Charles attorney Ted Meyers said the probate case allows the estate to subpoena documents related to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ involvement in his life and tragic death, as well as other confidential paperwork.
Meyers, who represents the bank on behalf of AJ’s heirs, who also include a 4-year-old brother and newborn sister, said he hopes to bring change to state law regarding parental rights in child abuse and neglect cases.
He signaled a potential lawsuit is likely, though against whom remains a complicated question because DCFS and its workers generally have immunity from negligence claims in state court…
“Based on what we have seen so far, this is a really egregious case,” Meyers told reporters outside court Monday. “(DCFS) ignored a lot of obvious signs.”