Child welfare director to face questions after Illinois boy's death

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CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker says the state's new child welfare director will face tough questions from a state House panel following the beating death of a 5-year-old boy who had extensive contact with child welfare workers.

Andrew 'AJ' Freund - 5 year old missing Crystal Lake boy did not leave home on foot, police say, Photo Date: Undated / Photo: Crystal Lake Police Department / (MGN)

Chicago Democratic Rep. Sara Feigenholtz says Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc D. Smith will be questioned Friday in Chicago about the agency's actions in the case of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund. He was under the agency's watch when his badly beaten body was discovered Wednesday in a shallow grave in McHenry County.

His parents have been charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors allege the couple forced the boy to stand in a cold shower and beat him.

Feigenholtz is on the Appropriations-Human Services Committee, which is scheduled to hear budget requests from several state agencies, including DCFS.

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O'Connor reported from Springfield, Illinois.

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JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr. have been charged with murder in the death of their son, 5-year-old A.J. Freund, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave seven miles from their home in Crystal Lake, Photo Date: Undated / Source: Crystal Lake Police / (MGN)


 
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