Missing 5 year old Crystal Lake boy has been found dead six days after he went missing. Andrew “AJ” Freund cause of death is immediately unknown and will be determined by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.
His parents Andrew Freund, Joanna Cunningham have been charged in his murder.
Crystal Lake police, during a press conference, said Andrew “AJ” Freund’s parents provided information that helped investigators locate the boy’s body in a rural area in Woodstock.
AJ’s mother, Joann Cunningham, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated domestic battery, one count of failure to report a missing or child death.
Andrew Freund Sr. was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated domestic battery, two counts of concealment of a homicidal death and one count of failure to report a missing or child death.
Missing 5 year old Crystal Lake boy found dead
Andrew “AJ” Freund was found dead in a shallow grave, wrapped in plastic.
According to police, police and FBI had interviewed both Cunningham and Freund Sr. “after information was obtained through a forensic analysis of cell phone data.”
Once presented with the information, the parents provided information about the location of the boy’s body.
The missing 5 year old Crystal Lake boy cause of death will be determined by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.
His parents were both in police custody Wednesday and will be transported to the McHenry County Jail ahead of their bond hearings.
Crystal Lake police and the FBI have been investigating Freund’s disappearance since his family said he was last seen last Wednesday night.
On Tuesday, Crystal Lake police said officers have been called to the home 17 times since the child was born five years ago.
The Crystal Lake Police Department released reports detailing what they call “unacceptable” living conditions along with alleged drug abuse and concerns the Department of Children and Family Services had for the children’s welfare.
911 call made by AJ Freund’s father to report Crystal Lake boy found dead:
Read below the 911 call made by Andrew “AJ” Freund’s father to report the 5-year-old boy missing as released by the Crystal Lake police.
- 911 Dispatcher: “And when was the last time you’d seen him?”
- Andrew Freund Sr.: “Last night. Uh, probably about 9:30, when he went to bed.”
- 911 Dispatcher: “Do you know where he might have went?”
- Andrew Freund Sr.: “No. Um, we’ve canvassed the neighborhood. I went to the local park. Um, local gas station down here where we sometimes take him to buy treats. I spoke with the assistant principal over at the school and where the park is and they haven’t seen him or any other child,” Freund added. “I have no idea where he would be.”