McCombie calls for unity, prayers after attack on child welfare worker
Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) is asking the public to unite in response to the recent attack on a child welfare worker in Carroll County, according to a press release.
McCombie was joined by Reps. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) and Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) in seeking prayers and urging public awareness after the Department of Children and Family Services investigator was beaten while checking on a 2-year-old near Sterling.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the investigator has had multiple surgeries and remained in a coma as of Oct. 4. Andrew Sucher was arrested in Dixon and charged with felony aggravated battery, the Tribune reported.
“This tragic attack highlights the dangers faced by our child-welfare officers every day and the profound need to continue to educate communities on eliminating violence, especially domestic violence,” the representatives said in a joint statement. “Along with our fellow legislators, we offer our prayers to the family of the DCFS investigator, as well as to her co-workers and fellow employees who are saving lives in Illinois’ child welfare system every day. This is terribly frightening and traumatizing for all of our hardworking child-protective investigators, but this incident shows how important their work is in protecting children from violence and harm.”