The Chicago Tribune reports that the Inspector General of the Department of Children and Family Services “Inspector General Meryl Paniak recommended in the report that the three workers be terminated.”
The best known is Case Worker Carlos Acosta.
The report “found DCFS employees ‘failed to see the totality’ of the family’s troubled history and missed chances ‘to slow down or stop the steady deterioration of the Freund family.'”
“It was because of the indifference and incompetence of the department’s child protection investigators and supervisor that the opportunity to alter this family’s disastrous course was missed,” the Trib reports.
The Tribune explains, there were “multitude of opportunities to intercede on the boy’s behalf.”
There were ten hotline calls about AJ.
Half were not investigated.
Besides Acosta, who was elected to the McHenry County Board as a Democrat in the 2018, his supervisor Andrew Polovin, both of whom have been on desk duty, a third case worker’s name surfaced in the Tribune article.
She is investigator Kathleen Gold.
She is now on desk duty.
The story outlines her role in AJ’s life.