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Andrew Polovin, right, a former supervisor with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, walks to the podium in the courtroom of Judge Robert Wilbrandt during his arraignment hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse on Thursday, Sep. 17, 2020 in Woodstock, Ill. Polovin, one of two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving 5-year-old Andrew

Ex-Illinois state worker pleads not guilty in slain boy case

Sep. 17, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

One of two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving a 5-year-old boy whose beaten body was found in a shallow grave last year pleaded not guilty Thursday to child endangerment and reckless conduct charges. Andrew Polovin, 48, of Island Lake, entered his plea during a...

Boy dead in own filth in locked room; dad, fiancee charged

Sep. 14, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

ANNVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man and his fiancee imprisoned the man's 12-year-old son in a darkened room for years, starving him and beating him while treating their other children well, until he was finally found dead in his own filth, authorities said. Scott Schollenberger Jr., 41, and Kimberly...

This Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 booking photo provided by the McHenry County, Ill., Sheriff's Office, shows Carlos J. Acosta, one of two child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving a 5-year-old boy allegedly killed months later by his parents, has been charged with child endangerment. Acosta, 54, of Woodstock, and his former supervisor, 48-year-old Andrew Polovin of Island Lake, were arrested Thursday on two counts each of endangering the life of a child and one count of reckless conduct.  (McHenry County Sheriff's Office via AP)

2 ex-child welfare workers face charges in slain boy case

Sep. 11, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving a 5-year-old boy allegedly killed months later by his parents face child endangerment charges accusing them of failing to protect the youngster from harm, according to an indictment filed Friday....

AG: Women committed hate crime by attacking Trump supporters

Sep. 8, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Two women are facing hate crime charges after confronting a 7-year-old boy and his mother outside the Democratic National Convention in Delaware over their support of President Donald Trump and seizing a “Make America Great Again” hat. A grand jury on Tuesday indicted...

Report: Iowa teen's starvation death was preventable

Sep. 8, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

An Iowa teenager who died of starvation in 2017 could have been saved if state social workers and contractors had been more thorough when they investigated the girl's living conditions, a state watchdog said Tuesday. The Iowa state ombudsman released its findings in the case of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray, who...

Missing children rescued in Georgia sex trafficking bust

Aug. 28, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 40 missing or endangered children have been rescued by federal and state agents during a law enforcement operation in Georgia, authorities say. The U.S. Marshals Service announced Thursday that 13 missing children were found and an additional 26 endangered children were rescued during...

Woman charged with manslaughter in death of daughter, 2

Aug. 19, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman caused the injuries that led to the death of her 2-year-old daughter last year and failed to seek medical help in a timely manner, prosecutors say. Shaniqua Leonard, 29, of Whitman, was held on $25,000 bail at her arraignment Tuesday in Brockton Superior Court...

Subject of 'Audrie & Daisy' documentary dies by suicide

Aug. 5, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — An advocate for sexual abuse victims who became the subject of a Netflix documentary after alleging she was sexually assaulted at age 14 in Missouri has died by suicide, according to her mother and a co-worker. Melinda Coleman, the mother of Daisy Coleman, announced her daughter's death...

Kansas agency balks at releasing records for slain child

Jul. 28, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' child welfare agency balked at releasing records about a 3-year-old girl whose battered body was found this month, despite a 2018 law that aimed to make such documents more transparent. That law says Kansas Department for Children and Families' documents are public records...