Child welfare director to face questions after boy’s death

CRYSTAL LAKE, ILLINOIS - APRIL 24: Angela Krambeer and her son Dylan sign a cross at a memorial outside the home of five-year-old Andrew "A.J." Freund on April 24, 2019 in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The remains of Freund, who was reported missing by his parents last week, were found in a shallow grave earlier today near Woodstock, Illinois. His parents Andrew Freund Sr. and Joanna Cunningham have been charged with his murder. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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.

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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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