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IL Child Protection Investigator Attacked on the Job

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By AFSCME Council 31 Your Union Education & Child Care

A child protective investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS) was sent out at the end of the day on Friday, September 29, to check on the welfare of a child. According to the police, when the investigator arrived, the father, Andrew Sucher, viciously attacked her.

The DCFS investigator, a member of AFSCME Local 448 (Council 31), sustained serious brain injuries. She was airlifted to a hospital in Rockford where she has undergone two surgeries. She is currently in a coma.

Out of concern for the family, the employee’s name is being withheld.

Kathy Lane, the president of AFSCME Local 448, knows her well and was with the family at the hospital throughout the night after the attack. An AFSCME Personal Support Program (PSP) counselor has also been there to provide assistance. Lane is urgently requesting prayers for this DCFS employee and fellow AFSCME member who is now gravely injured as a result of her dedication to protecting an endangered child.

“This brutal attack is a horrific reminder of the dangers that DCFS employees confront every day on the job,” said AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch. “There must be a thorough review of agency policies, as well as a commitment to assure staffing levels that can protect at-risk children and the employees we count on to safeguard them.”

The father has been arrested and is being held on $200,000 bond.