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The body of missing 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund was found near Woodstock, Illinois, about 9 miles southeast of his home in Crystal Lake. His parents have been arrested and charged with his murder.

Sources tell WGN the body was found in a rural area about 15 minutes from his home. The attorney for the boy's mother, JoAnn Cunningham, was seen entering the police station at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
 
READ ALSO: Illinois police don't believe missing 5-year-old boy left home
 
At a news conference on Wednesday, the FBI announced they are charging AJ's parents with his murder. Illinois does not have the death penalty. The maximum penalty for murder is life.

Early Wednesday, investigators were seen removing bags of evidence from the home on Dole Avenue. Officers were seen removing a soiled mattress, a shovel, and a large bin from the home. The family dog was also removed.

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) removed AJ's 3-year-old brother from the home after AJ was reported missing on Thursday.

DCFS has a long history with the family since 2013 when AJ was born with opioids in his system. The department made multiple trips to the house in response to calls from concerned neighbors.

The Crystal Lake Police Department also visited the house on numerous occasions. A police report stated the living conditions inside the home was “unacceptable." The house was littered with dog feces and there was a strong odor of urine and feces in the children's bedroom.

One officer responded to the home when a neighbor called to say the house was without power for weeks. The officer called a supervisor, then called DCFS, but was told a power outage was not sufficient reason to remove the children.

On Tuesday, police released a 911 call from Freund Sr. who claimed he last saw AJ on Wednesday at bedtime.

Freund reported his son missing on Thursday morning. In the 9:04 a.m. call, Freund spoke very calmly, saying he returned home from a doctor's appointment around 8:15 a.m. and found his son missing.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Roses called this yesterday, rest well little angel.

  • Tiff J

    At what age can you no longer leave your kids at a fire station if you don't want them anymore? I wish parents would just give up their kids if they no longer want them/can't handle them any longer, instead of killing them. Sad.

  • xxxgracious

    Who would want to harm their child??? Idk what I'd do without my son. My mom always said some women have a nurturing instinct and some don't. That effin sucks!

  • MJF

    This is so sad. I never quite get these stories, the article clearly states that the family has had run ins with child services since 2013. 2013???? Why wasn't something done then? Why isn't anything ever done??? It always resorts to something happening. If there were problems, the kids should have never been in the home. Stories like this make me mad. Peace, see ya'll on the next post if there's anymore for the day.

  • hottlanta

    Who in the hell of a social worker let that child stay with his sorry azz mother.

  • ShWa

    Disgusting pieces of trash.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    In some states as high as 6ys at a hospital and up to 3 mos old (unharmed ) at a firestation.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Some people don't need kids..periodt

  • Li-Wright

    May the parents burn in hell. We don't have death penalty in IL but we should.
    The father's story didn't add up from the beginning. He was at the doctor's office before 8:15am!!! HA!!! He went to the school looking for him; the child wasn't even enrolled.

  • Coy little wink

    Should be a 3 strikes rule with DCFS. Hello?

  • jujumanji

    I watched the press conference. Both parents are being charged with 5 counts of first degree murder along with a slew of other charges. Anyone with a brain knew they were guilty from the jump but this is still a sad outcome. May that little boy finally have some peace and may his parents rot for what they did and the lies they told. Disgraceful.

  • Li-Wright

    We have a very poor Soc Servs department in Illinois. I think it was rated the last in the US.

  • Coy little wink

    Plus it was good Friday...most schools are closed. Was it a day care?

  • Li-Wright

    When the FBI gets involved, it's serious and it's on!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    I am so glad I live in the boonies right now and no longer have to deal with the interstate.. Ronald and Melancholy.. is here.. So I know the traffic will be hell https://media0.giphy.com/media/DYZ5iKijxMHaU/giphy.gif

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    "Melancholy" the perfect name !!!

  • LYRICS

    No ish Sherlock......in a case like this, they should've just arrested them on the pretense that the body would pop up shortly.......as it did.

    ?????? for the lil boy

  • hi-liter

    Kid had Both parents But still didn’t stand a chance.

  • Rayne

    I knew all along the parents did it.

  • Li-Wright

    Why did the father report him missing? Would anybody have known besides the family he wasn't missing????

  • Rayne

    That doctor story didn’t sound right to me either.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    But GOD hasn’t gave me any kids yet? Ooook

  • Rayne

    The neighbors would’ve noticed. He’s oftentimes outside playing with their kids unsupervised.

  • LYRICS

    AMEN to that!! I don't understand ppl who have kids and kill them. U remember that lil bad azz blk boy who stole his granny's van, "smoked w/ cigarettes", and crashed? If his family didn't kill him, what did this lil one do that was soooo heinous that his parents felt the need to do so??? NOTHING!!!!!!

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    would you send yours to public school?

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    IDC. there’s no rehabilitation in THEE world that can fix or repair a human that has killed their own flesh and BLOOD

    That’s almost like when animals taste human blood... after that they gotta GO

  • Yoni7
  • CookieMobster

    This is so freaking sick and disgusting. NOTHING makes me happier than a random Tuesday running errands or just chilling with my 14 yr old son. He is my pride and joy and the apple of my eye. I could never do ANYTHING to harm him. H3ll I have a hard time making him do his chores after football conditioning every evening cause I know he has gave every bit of heart he has out there trying to earn his spot on the high school team coming up in the 9th grade next year .I just can't make him do it cause he is wore out. Even though its just emptying the dish washer and vacuuming downstairs. I can't imagine hurting him physically or mentally certainly not to the point of death. And I feel like a bad wife and mother when our house is a little messy. I can't fathom making them live in animal waste. What the entire F?ck is wrong with folks??????

  • Pamela

    Most women without nurturing instincts do no kill children. Those that do are an outlier.

  • Tee Bullock

    Demonic!

  • luVn_liFe…

    damn shame.. but NO Surprise

  • Yoni7

    a power outage was not sufficient reason to remove the children.
    _______________
    EVEN if the power has been out for weeks? So yall just gone let the kid's stay and eat and bathe HOW? Huh, DFCS? Throw the whole system away. https://media0.giphy.com/media/y1WDIwAZRSmru/giphy.gif

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Idk yet. Y do u ask?

  • MyNameIs

    This is so damn disappointing. All the visits and concerned calls and it took his death to save the other child. Ugh.

  • Guest

    Wow. So they killed him in the house then carried him out. That is why his scent went cold for the dogs. Poor baby. Rest in Peace.

  • Yoni7

    The one who "liked doing hoodrat stuff with his hoodrat friends"? https://media0.giphy.com/media/amPGPT7WphB9S/giphy.gif

  • Yoni7

    The mother's functional employed crackhead friend. https://media2.giphy.com/media/zE4s33k2i5uuc/giphy.gif

  • wonderwoman

    This is just so sad. Praying for this little boy soul, may he Rest In Peace. When he was born with opioids in his blood, DFCS should of taken him then. I don’t understand how that works, why was he allowed to to go home with them? Those parents deserve to suffer for what they did their own child.

  • EasyBreezy

    I agree. I am in ATL surburbia, too.

  • Marlika

    That baby didn’t deserve what his POS parents did to him. DFCS is full of ??? and their rules need to be revised ??

  • WinterIsComing

    Junkies should not be allowed to procreate while in active addiction.

  • Coy little wink

    I'm curious why the dogs couldn't trace his scent beyond the home

  • Marlika

    Yes and his little ignorant ass has been in and out of jail since. I believe he’s serving time in prison now. ?????

  • justlooking

    Typically they do move infant from hospital to emergency foster care, my parents had over 1200 infants and kids pass through their home. The system is crowded and les and less folks taking on that responsibility.

    Sad, may his little soul be at peace.

  • Guest

    Probably because they carried him out after they killed him in the home.

  • Clopretty

    My heart just broke! I literally was praying so hard for him!!!! SMH I knew he didn't just wander off! Wow, Lying like that and ACTING hurt and concerned, them parents going to hell! Poor baby, I have a 5 year old daughter and i can't see what a kid so young can do to deserve to be hurt.

  • iWasteTime

    You would think it would be but power isn't a necessity.
    I'm with you cause I need it and I know my child needs it.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    "The maximum penalty for murder is life."
    ______________________
    can we save some money and just give them 'DEATH'?????

  • LYRICS

    YUP!

  • iWasteTime

    They killed a child. They will get prison justice

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    this gif though... this be exactly how yt folks present their case though (and they get approved) LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    none.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yesterday the write-up said they lost the scent at the car

  • Coy little wink

    Gotcha

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    this is so creepy @Wut! *runs away*

  • Coy little wink

    When they stopped cooperating we all knew what it was

  • Seldomseen

    Poor baby

  • Alicia.Ashe

    When this was first reported and the mom was on the news I said she look like a meth head and I knew she did it.

  • Sushi

    Wow, I pray this little man's soul, is at peace....

  • Vegas1989

    This breaks my heart. People are killing kids and animals and dumping them off like trash. Give the baby and the puppy away.....

  • hottlanta

    People need 2 stop asking people who dont want kids or dont have kids when r they gonna have them. When folks say they dont want the responsibilty of kids we especially women needs 2 respect their decision n stop making them feel bad by calling them selfish as if everybody falls in love with a baby. Yep but babies grow up n take a lot of your time n money.

  • hottlanta

    I want all the roses who thinks the child was better off with his mother please stand up.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    This is true.. I think its rude to ask that because one you don't know if the couple is having difficulties. You don't know if they HAVE tried without success.. Its weird to ask anybody about when will they decide to have kids..NUNYABIDNEZ!

  • hottlanta

    They still havent killed that tiger that attacked the worker the other day. U know he ready for a human meal for real after tasting her blood

  • MrsSpice1

    Well who gonna stop them!?!

  • LexGirl

    Or all the dog sh!t hid his smell! Crystal Lake folk messed up big time!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    OFFTOPIC
    So I decided to hire a personal trainer so I could be "Fine by Summahtime"right..after the intense work out... I have settled for "Decent by December"..parts of my body hurt that I didn't know that could hurt..I know your calves can hurt...but why the hell the part below the calf hurting? I prepaid for two months..Jesus be a Tylenol Back and Body! https://media1.giphy.com/media/3o7TKxGLQ8LTlKNymI/giphy.gif

  • chan chan

    Why did they murder this child and how ? I really hate when bad things happen to children. I feel bad for that little boy.

  • xenaD

    Keep doing it everyday.. that pain will fade away!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    lawd... i love Miss Juicy, LOL!

  • xenaD

    I thank god everyday for not allowing me to do drugs. Or for allowing me to be a fit mom. And keeping the demons away! Somebody say a real prayer for me. Including the thanks for my blessings and ability to move forward in life without giving in to the devil or demons. Thank u in advance

  • Wreckognize Game

    I wanna scar drag these bihs. WTF??

  • C Mack

    Your comment just hit me hard especially knowing someone could have loved this boy the same way. You remind me of my mom.You sound like an amazing woman and your son and husband are blessed to have you!

    Good luck to your son and I pray he gets a starting spot!

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    me too!

  • justlooking

    off topic - some would be robber tried Bun B and intruder lost, but alive in hospital. Glad B is good.
    https://pitchfork.com/news/bun-b-shoots-armed-robber-in-houston-home/

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/wpDS7SZFwn528/giphy.gif

  • Coy little wink

    ?

  • justlooking

    You can do it.

  • DeepThinker

    I knew the mom's testimony to press was not sincere. Face flushed, eyes squeezed as if she was crying but no tears falling, avoiding eye contact.
    History of drug abuse, probably did something to the poor child while high and/or enraged. Some people do not deserve the blessing of parenthood. Rest in paradise little one.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    He has been working my back muscles because Im top heavy for posture and I told him I wanted to regain my flexibility after so many accidents Ive been in and whooojesus..but Im glad I did it..

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Thank you Punkin.. If we had our old functions back I'd send a before and after once Im done..keep me in your prayers!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You were smart to get a trainer.
    I thought I could do it alone but I lost 30lbs after I got a trainer.
    I think it's the investment of the money and having to be accountable to someone. I guess that's why it's good to have a workout partner than going it alone sometimes.

  • Michelle Peele

    LMAO @ Decent by December. I'm shooting for Okay by October...2021!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    ROFL not 2021!!!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    This is sooo true! I feel I accomplished alot more and this trainer customize your meal plan, grocery list, and homework to do when you're not with him. I like it..

  • Michelle Peele

    I'm just tryna be realistic, Sis. I just left Sprouts supermarket with a nice veggie sandwich, some veggie chips and....some chocolate covered peanuts! Clearly I'm not all the way there yet. LOL

  • CookieMobster

    Wow!! Thanks Mack! I love being a wife and mother. Thanks for the well wishes too. He needs all the help he can get!! That boy is clumsy as h3ll like me and he has to and does bust his @ss ever day to be a good O lineman!!!

  • Sid

    How were they able to keep the child after opioids were found in his system when he was first born? That should have been a red flag

  • WinterIsComing

    In a perfect world, the government would.

  • jwoo250

    Remember yesterday I said I could sense he was no longer alive on here? I could feel his spirit was gone. I hate that I can sense these types of things. God bless him!

  • WhoKnew

    When two agree it shall be done. Prayers up!

  • WhoKnew

    Okay by October? How about fine by February. Hollering at y'all!

  • C Mack

    At his age, coaches appreciate effort more than anything! If he is coachable and wants to be the best, he will absolutely get there. I bet you’ll he’ll be an even better player by the end of the summer.

    As an o lineman, he just needs to always be aware of his surroundings as well as that of the ball. The clumsiness will work itself out lol. PLEASE keep us posted.

  • WhoKnew

    No takers on this one.

  • T Willis

    Naw you don’t want that... somehow, someway, blacks would be the main offenders.. and not because we’re addicts... kinda like how we have the largest incarceration rates, yet we’re not committing the most crimes... the system is too r@c!$t to allow that much governmental authority.

  • Michelle Peele

    I can make that fine by February but gonna have to push that date out to 2022! LOL

  • T Willis

    Cmon now, they were poor and addicts! I’d hardly call either of them parents ?

  • T Willis

    Say it again!!! Some women have a spirit on them... chile... they do not need to be off birth control or forced into parenthood

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Log out ...... rofl look at Juicy ..... https://media1.giphy.com/media/3o85xlskK9pbp68Mco/giphy.gif

  • Chicagowise

    People shouldn't get multiple chances to endanger a child's life. When he was born with drugs in his system, he should have permanently removed from her custody and she should have been sterilized and thrown in jail.

  • Chicagowise

    I don't think either of his parents are fit to care for a roach, let alone a child. The mother is a pregnant druggie and the father is a liar. Their children were living like wild animals in a filthy home with no electricity. Disgusting.

  • CookieMobster

    Thanks Mack Man! That's exactly what his daddy has been telling him. We got a new coach at the high school too so everyone has a fresh start. I will def be bragging on him soon. Also as a O lineman lemme just say my 14 yr old is already 6'1" and about 215.

  • C Mack

    He is set! My little bro and I both played in high school, but he was wayyy more serious than me and he’s much bigger. 6’5 around 230. Every time we went to the gym coaches were trying to recruit him lol. His problem was not knowing how to use his size and being timid. Once he got past that it was full on BEAST MODE?? Your (big) little man’s got the size, the coaches will develop that talent. Good luck again, new friend! Sending continued good energy your way!

  • NewNew

    You've just motivated me Roderick. Sometimes it's best to pay the money and save time.

  • TheOwley

    PIP to the little one. I believe most if not all states have Safe Heaven that gives parents an out and protects children from getting abandoned on some road on killed. These two are poor excuses of human beings.

  • TheOwley

    Most if not all states have safe heaven laws but in Nebraska it is up to legal age of the child. I don't know for Illinois but all they had to do was drive the child to a hospital and terminate their parental rights.

  • NewNew

    This!!! People don't even know they are being rude. One day I made that realization and stopped asking.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    5 year olds don't have a chance with these crazy ass, low parents!!

  • Rahab

    Aleve, Epson Salt and keep up the effort!

  • Judge Mental Will

    May the parents rot in hell! Poor child didnt have a chance since birth.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    So sad! Dad was a divorce attorney, who could practice from 2015-18. Not sure what mom was, but she was a terrible fake crier!!

  • 2gr8ful

    It sickens me when these parents get chance after chance after its apparent the kids may be in bad situation. Like the chick in Georgia-Tiffany Moss that is on trial for burning her step daughter Emani with the help of her biological dad-the husband. She beat that little girl so bad that the school reported her then after a while gave her right back to this monster, now she is dead.

    The minute the drugs were in found in baby’s system, custody should have been taken. Rest in peace little ones.

  • WinterIsComing

    Good point

  • Luvi

    AGREED!

  • Elevated Soul

    RIP to AJ....I can't stand to hear when vulnerable people are victimized and in this case victimized by having drug addicted parents which also led to him being murdered.

  • Jethro

    They're white.

  • Renee26

    Lmao

  • Prettybrowneyes

    Just hurts my soul!!!!!. I had my first child an early age. With PCOS, its so hard getting pregnant with a second, my husband and I try. I'm not supposed to question why this happens because of my spiritual belief, but DAMN!!! Why do people like this get the opportunity to breed like rabbits with narcotics in their system?. There's so many of of us that would love to love and nurture these babies getting killed by the ones that's bringing them into this world. The parents are pure evil.
    God Bless the child that survived.

  • Rhondalousey

    I heard the other child which is 3, was removed before the boys death. Why didnt they take him too? Now this biitch is pregnant again?

  • SG

    People make me sick I swear!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I know it’s gon happen soon tho

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    hadn’t heard of that story, is she still alive.

    they get different with their exoticals tho.. like the killer whale that killed multiple trainers at sea worle

  • T3

    People are sick. I hope you and your hubby get #2!??

  • justlooking

    You gonna be fine as wine! Your endurance is gonna be all built up and you gonna be fighting off mens.

  • MythCalledLove

    That's evil to the bone. All they had to do was turn him over to the state. Let him find a foster home and is happy & safe Or adopted. So many women & men want a child so bad. And these 2 goofproofs had no value on his life. 9 months you are your babies first home. What pisses me off is when you don't follow your gut & common sense. Services offered hv these great brochure & awareness crap. Holding she she benefits fundraising and hv pics in some magazine or online site. And these programs exist only on paper. I know social workers talk about the work load. You accepted the job and get a check. Watching Live PD they would be on meth, crack, heroin. I never knew it was so many. And all say. "That's not mine" Lame excuses they really think will work

  • MythCalledLove

    Who you telling. I was thinking about that watch Live PD. Chasing that dragon & you'll never catch him. Especially when crack came out. I've seen people I know. One was panhandling in a parking lot. I saw one ex walking down the street with this green velvet blazer walking all fast looking right crazy.

  • MythCalledLove

    You get all pumped. Go out buy all these cute workout clothes. Some New Balance, and a cup saying I work for this body. Can't forget your fitbit.

  • Kimberly King

    Oh wow, he was born with drugs in his system? Just imagine if his parents were black. I hate to sound so evil, but I really wish death on people who harm children and the elderly. Just die. I literally cry every time I read or hear a story about a child dying in the hands of their parents or an adult. Like I literally can't handle it. RIP to this beautiful baby boy.

  • MythCalledLove

    I was 220 past summer. Now 165.4 I had to get that weight off me. My back was so bad. I had to build my core.

  • MythCalledLove

    Trainers will push you. You got this, just 1 more mile. When I started my body said "Really". It takes work. I started walking now I can run 3 miles.
    .

  • the guest

    Hospitals are not supposed to send babies home with addicted parents. The baby tested positive for drugs. Shame on the hospital who released that baby.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    My old trainer is a Marine.

    I wanted to start working with him again but he works for another gym and they are too expensive.

    I wish him luck.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Who in the hell leaves their 5 year old home alone for an appointment? Furthermore how do you leave your house without checking the well being of your children?

  • Shira Harding-James

    This little boy should have been taken out of the home a lonnnnngggg lonnnggg time ago!

  • dru and neil

    Did we really have any doubts that they did it? So tired of hearing about defenseless children, being harmed and killed at the hands of evil adults!

  • dru and neil

    Girl I can’t take it either, I’m tearing up right now. Sick of this sh-t.

  • chango1976

    A white man killed him and not jason 100 percent

  • sunni_daze

    That was fast.

  • Ms. Cree

    I don’t get it. It’s women out here and men that want children. You are blessed with a child and then you kill them?? Life can’t ever get that bad. Breaks my heart. Here I am trying while sick souls are killing their babies. Then this new report about women in Atlanta dying after or during child birth doesn’t make things better.
    ??????????????????

  • Yoni7

    RETROACTIVE!

  • Yoni7

    And if it were NOT so, then my gas and electric company owes me MILLIONS as high as these bills be.

  • Yoni7

    WOW! I know this was long ago (he still seems like a baby to me), but about how old is he now?

  • hottlanta

    Exactly bcas everytime luda or usher name comes up folks get all in their feelings saying they took those kids as if they kidnapped them n those kids need 2 b with their mom etc etc.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Metoo!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Unfortunately, children dont have ANY laws to protect them from abuse just penalties for the abuser once they die! Even when DFCS steps in, the foster parent may neglect and kill them too OR they will continue to be abused(sexually and/or mentally). Neglected children have NO SAFE HAVEN and that is SICKENING?

    Then they want to implement laws like The Heartbeat law in GA to make matters worse BUT who is to say that these people dont have babies for the annual rebates that comes with children?.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    You just made me blush! Thanks for the encouragement.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    ROFL!!

  • justlooking

    It so important to have encouragement. Hungary drink water, tired drink water, thirsty drink water. Want a glass of wine drink water.

    Take out a blouse and pants your can't wear or or TIGHT! Try them on and take a pic. Don't try them on again for 30 days. YOU WILL DO THIS, and here for it. HUGS

  • Trace da Ace

    see!!! I knew it!!! I knew that this baby was going to be found dead....I knew his parents was some pill popping dirty ass trash ass yt folks!!!!!
    This baby boy is now in heaven...SAFE from his trash ass parents... RIP

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  • WutizstillHERE!

    This is AWESOME advise.. My biggest eating happens when I am bored or nervous or angry... Im an emotional eater so I am starting to keep water areound me and sugar free gum to chew.. it usually calms my craving for food.

  • Judge Mental Will

    sooo true, shane on all the social services who came to the house and saw signs of neglect and did nothing

  • Ghost

    So it’s being reported that they put him in a cold shower and beat him to death! I just want to scream! WTF...smh

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