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Illinois child welfare system under fire after boy’s death

In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019 photo, community members in Crystal lake, Ill. hold a vigil in memory of 5-year-old Andrew

Don Babwin and John O'Connor, Associated Press

April 25, 2019

Disturbing details emerged Thursday of the torture authorities say preceded the beating death of a 5-year-old Illinois boy who had extensive contact with child welfare workers, escalating scrutiny of a state agency already being reviewed because of the recent deaths of two other children. Court documents...

Missing boy’s buried body found, parents charged

McHenry County Sheriff's officers and other law enforcement search the area of Route 176 and Dean Street south of Woodstock, Ill., for clues in the disappearance of 5-year-old missing boy Andrew

Associated Press

April 24, 2019

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say they have found what they believe is the body of a 5-year-old Illinois boy who went missing last week, and that his parents have been charged with murder in his death. Crystal Lake police Chief James Black said at a news conference Wednesday that police...

Police release father’s 911 call reporting son missing

Andrew Freund Sr., the father of the missing 5-year-old Andrew

Don Babwin, Associated Press

April 23, 2019

A father frantically hunted in his house, garage and the surrounding neighborhood in suburban Chicago, looking for his 5-year-old son who was not home when he returned after a doctor's appointment, according to a recording of a 911 call released Tuesday. In the 911 call last Thursday morning, Andrew...

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