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Sugar Cookie

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A video of a badly beaten 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy on his mother’s cellphone helped crack the investigation into his killing, according to court documents.

The video on JoAnn Cunningham’s phone, taken more than a month before Andrew “AJ” Freund’s death, showed the boy had severe bruising on his face and body, and was berated for urinating in his bed, the documents alleged. And his mother allegedly searched online for “child cpr” the night of AJ’s death, the documents indicated.

AJ’s father, Andrew “Drew” Freund, said the boy was forced to take a long, cold shower and was put to bed “cold, wet, and naked” before being found dead, the documents read.

Those tragic details came out in a sworn statement by McHenry County sheriff’s Detective Edwin Maldonado in a request for a search warrant April 24, which was posted in the court file this week.

The parents were charged with AJ’s killing, as well as aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery, failure to report a missing child, and in Freund’s case, concealment of a homicide. Cunningham was also charged with an earlier aggravated battery from on or about March 4 relating to the video.

The video on Cunningham’s phone, dated March 4, showed AJ lying on a bare mattress in his bedroom, with a voice that sounds like Cunningham’s “berating AJ for urinating on his bed,” according to the affidavit.

“AJ is seen to (be) naked except for some small bandages around both wrists and circling his hips,” the affidavit stated. “AJ is seen to be holding an ice pack to his face and when he removes it he is seen to have deep red bruising around his eyes, and yellowish-green bruising around his neck and upper chest. It did not appear from the video that AJ received professional medical attention.”

When FBI and Crystal Lake police investigators confronted the father with the video at 2:40 a.m. April 24, Freund blamed AJ’s injuries in the video on Cunningham, and then gave an account of what happened the night AJ died, the documents alleged.

“Drew also said that he believed AJ died on Monday morning after spending a prolonged time in a cold shower,” the affidavit stated. “Drew explained he wanted JoAnn to stop with the hard physical beatings and do some less violent form of punishment. Drew said cold showers was decided (as the alternative). Drew said on or about … 4/15/19, AJ had lied about soiled underwear and he was subjected to a cold shower. Drew said he helped AJ out of the shower after he’d been there approximately 20 minutes, and put AJ to bed ‘cold, wet, and naked.’

“Drew said JoAnn got up and checked on AJ and that was when she got Drew and used Drew’s phone to search for child cpr. Drew advised at some point that he believed AJ had died. Drew said the next day he took AJ’s body to the basement and stored him in a tote. He said on the night of 4/17/19 he placed Andrew inside of several trash bags, placed the body in the trunk of his car, and drove him to an area in Woodstock. Drew said he dug a shallow grave for AJ, placed him in it, covered it with straw, and left.”

Freund then took police to the grave on a vacant property near Woodstock, where they found AJ’s body, the documents alleged.

An autopsy determined that AJ died from blunt force trauma to his head.

The house was in “hoarder” condition, with garbage bags stacked inside and outside. Freund’s cellphone contained a photo of a handwritten shopping list containing duct tape, plastic gloves, air freshener and bleach, and at least some of those items were found at the house.
 

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cubby

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My younger son wet his bed up until about 1st grade and it never occurred to me to beat him or stand him in a cold shower. I was just simply mystified as to what to do to help him. Doctor said, immature bladder that he would grow out of it and he did eventually. But there was no question that he would live to grow out of it. As frustrated as I was, I never raised my hand to him. I understood he wasn't doing it on purpose or just to make me mad.

This poor little guy was terrified all day and all night 24/7/365, he wasn't trying to make his mother mad, he couldn't help it and terrorizing him only made it worse.
 

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Satanica

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My 6-yr-old grand has been doing much better about it since she stopped having anything to drink by around 8 pm plus new bunk beds which both girls are very proud of. She never got spanked or anything else for it. We have those washable incontinent pads that are big enough to cover the top of a twin mattress, so the worst thing about was washing the bedding every day.
 

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MildlyMedicated

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Poor baby, he never knew love or caring, it seems.
When my children had "accidents" we stripped the bed, put on clean bedding,
bathed them in a warm bath, and comforted them. They, did nothing to deserve
punishment. Never, even thought of putting them in cold water, or to bed wet, naked, and cold.
With 5 children, I spent a number of nights taking care of wet babies, and wet beds.
Always ended with clean beds and warm clean children, that knew they had an "accident"
Nothing to kill over.
 

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spiff

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I'm surprised they even noticed he pooped his pants and that he didn't just blend in to the rest of that septic tank of a household.

How much fly tape can you buy before you just burn your house down instead? They are definitely pushing these limits.
 

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Sugar Cookie

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I wish they would not attempt to locate the father because he is probably a low-life like the egg.

Terminate her rights destroy any evidence that connects this egg to the baby and forget this woman after she

is locked up for good.

Find a family for the baby in another state and allow her the chance to grow up love and nurtured.
 

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crys_xoxo

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"A paternity test has determined that a suburban Chicago man charged in the beating death of his 5-year-old son is not the biological father of the infant born to his son’s mother about a month after the couple’s arrest on first-degree murder charges.

The test results revealed Monday in court in McHenry County, Illinois, show the biological father of the baby girl is a 37-year-old man who once lived with Andrew Freund and JoAnn Cunningham in their Crystal Lake home.

The man is in a drug treatment program and did not attend the hearing."

 

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