Category Archives: Child Abuse

Category Archives: Child Abuse

Lori G. Levin explains procedures relevant to AJ Freund case

Recently, I was contacted by a Chicago Tribune reporter to explain legal principles that could apply to the parents who were charged in the death of their young son, A.J. Freund. All criminal defense attorneys know that a defendant does not have to take the stand and testify for himself and cannot be forced to […]

Client receives relief in DCFS Administrative Appeal

Today, I received a decision that another of my clients won his administrative appeal challenging the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ finding of neglect. In this case, the administrative law judge found that the evidence did not support a finding that he had medically neglected his child.  He will be removed from DCFS’ […]

Successes

I am pleased to announce that this is another week of success stories. Today, I received a final administrative decision determining that the Department of Children and Family Services’ indicated finding of abuse against a client was unwarranted; our request for expungement of the record was granted. This is the second time this month, where […]

The Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act

Over ten years ago, the Illinois legislature enacted the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act, 325 ILCS 2 et. al., to allow distressed parents of an infant the ability to safely relinquish a newborn without the fear of civil or criminal penalties. under the law, the act of “relinquishing a newborn infant to a hospital, police […]

The Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act

In Illinois, certain persons and professionals are mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Family Services under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, 325 ILCS 5/1, et. al. Failure to report suspected abuse or neglect can result in state license disciplinary proceedings or criminal prosecution. The statute has […]

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