Parents of Missing Andrew “AJ” Freund Charged with Murder After Body Found Wrapped in Plastic in Shallow Grave Near Woodstock

Joann Cunningham, homicide suspect Crystal Lake
Joann Cunningham, homicide suspect Crystal Lake.

The parents of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy Andrew “AJ” Freund have been charged with his murder. Police believe that Andrew “AJ” Freund’s body was found Wednesday April 24, 2019, after he’d been missing six days.

During a press conference, Crystal Lake police said that both parents provided information that helped investigators locate the boy’s body in a rural area near Dean Street north of Route 176 near Woodstock. The boy’s body was found in a shallow grave, wrapped in plastic, according to police Chief Jim Black. . No additional details about the case were released, as police say they wanted to protect the integrity of the investigation.

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.

Joann Cunningham, homicide suspect Crystal Lake
Joann Cunningham, homicide suspect Crystal Lake.
Andrew Freund, homicide suspect Crystal Lake
Andrew Freund, homicide suspect Crystal Lake.

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