Started by Kevin Rudkin, the following explanation is given in a change.org petition:
Resignation of Carlos Acosta from McHenry County Board
This petition is asking for the immediate resignation/removal of Carlos Acosta from the McHenry County Board. Carlos Acosta was the DCFS “Advanced Child Protection Specialist” that was assigned to AJ Freund’s case in December 2018. Carlos Acosta is currently an elected board member representing district 5 on the McHenry County Board.
The Inspector General and DCFS officials conducted a thorough investigation/review of Carlos Acosta’s involvement (work) with AJ’s case.
The Inspector General noted warning signs were ignored in AJ’s case, warning signs that could have changed the trajectory of his fate. “Investigators ignored the parents’ long history of addiction, the mother’s recent relapse, and the parents’ isolation of the children from caring relatives and day care providers,” Paniak wrote.
As a result of the investigation Carlos Acosta has been terminated from DCFS.
Crystal Lake police took AJ and placed him in protective custody when they noticed a suspicious large area of bruising on his hip. When the police asked AJ’s mother how AJ got his bruises, she stated “she had no idea where it came from”. When Carlos Acosta arrived at the police station AJ’s mother then said that the family dog pawed him and AJ said the same.
Carlos Acosta, the DCFS “Advanced Child Protection Specialist” with more than 20 years experience, failed to consider that AJ’s mother originally told police she did not know how her 5 year old son got his injuries, and then later claimed the dog must have pawed him. Without further prior investigation Carlos Acosta the DCFS “Child Protection Specialist” ended protective custody of AJ, and released him back to his mother, back to his abuser. When he then, despite all the warning signs, simply advised AJ’s mother to take him to the doctor to have the bruise looked at.
While at the hospital AJ, in private, finally had the courage to use his voice and said to the doctor “Maybe someone hit me with a belt…Maybe Mommy didn’t mean to hurt me”.
Carlos Acosta did not accompany them to the doctor, did not have AJ evaluated or conduct a further investigation before ending protective custody and returning him to his Mother, his abuser. He spoke with the doctor on the phone who advised Carlos Acosta she could not determine how the bruising was caused, but she was concerned by AJ’s statement and recommended AJ be evaluated by a physician trained in child abuse. Carlos chose not to do this, despite both the police and the doctors concerns, that they did not believe the injury was consistent with being pawed by the dog.
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The petition has apparently been up two days and has 827 signers.
It can be found here.