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Authorities in Illinois continue to search for a 5-year-old boy who went missing from his home on April 19. Police in the bedroom community of Crystal Lake don't believe Andrew "AJ" Freund ever left his home.

On Tuesday, police released a 911 call from AJ's father, also named Andrew Freund, 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.

Before calling 911, Freund claimed he canvassed the neighborhood looking for the 5-year-old.

He went to a gas station "where they got treats" and to a nearby school where he talked to the principal. He told the 911 dispatcher he returned to his home and "searched everywhere" in the house.

In a news release on Thursday, police said they set up "grid searches" and continued to conduct searches of areas of interest, including several ponds and smaller bodies of water. They planned to search by land and air.

But unexpected evidence led them back to the house on Dole Avenue.

"Information obtained currently has police focusing on the residence," said investigators in a news release on Thursday. Police dogs searching for AJ didn't pick up his scent outside the house. Per the news release, canine teams "only picked up Andrew's scent within the residence indicating that Andrew had not walked away on foot."

By Thursday, police said AJ's parents had stopped cooperating with investigators. Police and the FBI confirmed that AJ's mother, Crystal, is not cooperation with police at all. Her lawyer told her to stop talking when police started treating her like a suspect.

AJ's dad last spoke with investigators on Saturday - the day after teams of police raided the house with search warrants in hand.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Child Protective Services (DCFS) has a long history with the family.

DCFS says it had contact with the family "on and off" since 2018, after little AJ was born in 2013 with opiates in his system.

A younger son was placed in DCFS custody and has not been reunited with his parents.

There is rampant speculation on social media that AJ met with foul play inside his home.

Some users touched on a sad commentary in today's society where people deliberately injure or murder their own children in hopes of reaping a financial windfall from crowdfunding websites such as GoFundMe.

  • luVn_liFe…

    I have been following this story.. the child was born with drugs in his system :-(

  • Rayne

    And the momma is 7 months preggo and is a dope fiend. She knows where her kid is.

  • Neicey

    ? !

  • Nik
  • Li-Wright

    Me too.
    Dad - "a doctor's appointment around 8:15 a.m. and found his son missing." WTH? You came home from the appointment at 8:15?
    And the dogs have not found a scent beyond the house. The police need to tear the house up, that child is somewhere in the house.

  • luVn_liFe…

    the hounds showed the child never left that house! Im sick of these muthafawkers harming these KIDS!
    here in broward.. GF left her three kids w/bf, little boy pee'd his pants. now the the child is on lifesupport with serious burns. IF HE PULLS THRU he will remain in a vegatative state! auughh@!#

  • Yoni7
  • Gamer?? Chick

    That’s terrible.

  • sunni_daze

    This is what they do. Kill their kids make fake police reports, only to get caught anyway.

  • luVn_liFe…

    that's terrible and awfully funny

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    If he's deceased, cadaver dogs should have found his remains in the house by now.

  • Guest

    Under the floorboards, start knocking the walls, closets, dig up the backyard. I watch too much ID. That baby in there somewhere.

  • Yoni7

    That mutt would DIE a SLOW, painful death!

  • Yoni7

    She gave that baby away. I'm trying to tell yall!

  • Yoni7

    And punished to no jail time.

  • Pamela

    The mother killed that lil boy. It will all come out shortly.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Maybe they sold the kid, and the person that bought him carried the child out of the house. That would mean there is no scent also. I know druggies do the damnedest things sooooo.....

  • Yoni7

    This little boy looks like a familiar pic of a different story, same circumstance.

  • luVn_liFe…

    yep.. she rushed home from work and took him to the ER.. I woulda rushed home and had his ass barely breathing. Poor Baby

  • Rayscoty

    "Police in the bedroom community of Crystal Lake"

    Automatically thought about Jason Voorhees

  • KLove

    im trying hard not to laugh LOL

  • Coy little wink

    Where was the mom? Why weren't the parents at work? Who is "they" and why get treats when yo son is missing? What time did he last see him? Where did the scent end?

    These keystone kops smh I could crack this case asking the 5 Ws

  • luVn_liFe…

    right! Yoni aint right

  • the guest

    Why do people hurt their kids? Why? If they don't want their kids, there are safe haven laws for kids (some states up to 17 years old). They can leave the kids at the hospital with no judgement. At least the kids will be safe. I can't fathom how these people are hurting and killing what they gave birth to. Heartbreaking.

  • Seldomseen

    You talking about Friday the 13th Jason?

  • Ghost

    Yes...I’m sure one if not both of the parents will be arrested soon. I have not seen ONE Tear from the father and the mother is pretending to be in a nervous trance! Smh.

    It was a wrap for me when I found out she was a drug addict and DCFS had been involved with them several times. A sad shame

  • Coy little wink

    Chile...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile say it ... can't take it no more laying low until foreseeable future .... fugg everybody .... so much evil here .... taking a break from here .... if you see anyone trying to imitate my azz .... I'm on break and it ain't me .... can't take no more tapped slap da fugg out ... sending u love Nik and to Sandra and all da Rose's... goodluck to all of this shyt for those who need .... done for now ???

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    Sads sacks of shyt. Smdh

  • Seldomseen

    Go recharge boo

  • Seldomseen

    I’m so sick of these stupid ass hoes leaving their children with the monsters. I hope they put her under the jail.

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

    this child looks unhealthy, due to neglect? (may he RIP, because if he was still alive, they would have given up the scam once the search warrants came out). God have mercy on his surviving sibling, smh.
    the person(s) who harmed this child should be bound and dumped in a landfill.

  • Yoni7

    Is she defending the POS?

  • Rayscoty

    Yes..Lol

  • luVn_liFe…

    they havent said much about her or what she's doing

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

    dang Jenie. i do understand, but, for selfish reasons, hate to see you leave.

    still, you gotta do whatever maintains peace and balance in YOUR spirit. i may still shout you out in your notifications in an old post, even if you don't reply, just to let you know i'm thinking of you. go in peace hun.... https://media0.giphy.com/media/lSflDbZli0huU/giphy.gif

  • Dowoop

    Why does DCFS take one child and not the other? At his age he should have been in school so why are you only looking for him at 9 in the morning?

  • Trace da Ace

    damn shame....poor little baby....probably killed by the one who were supposed to love and protect him....on the news they said the dog tracked the boy to the trunk of the family car........that right there says alot.

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

    (Casey Anthony... rotten bish)

  • jwoo250

    I already told a friend of mine I could sense this little boy is no longer living. I pick up o this kind of thing.

  • luVn_liFe…

    NO, I m wrong

  • chan chan

    That boy was being sexually abused

  • luVn_liFe…

    thats tragic :-(

  • Yoni7

    What's their name/location. I want to look it up.

  • Heat2Hot

    The trunk of the car? Thanks! I didn't hear about this....

  • Vonn

    Or inside of the couch.

  • Fire & Ice

    I was thinking the same thing. This little boy looks very sickly.

  • Vonn

    Much love & healing Jenie.??

  • luVn_liFe…

    just google miami gardens child burned

  • Yoni7
  • Coy little wink

    I feel you

  • LYRICS

    Leave them on a doorstep in another town, drop them at a fire or police station, but don't kill your own child. The evil within ppl is unreal!

  • Blue

    I watched the news story on this and my entire spirit and soul were uneasy. They did it.

  • sunni_daze

    Yep! Hey Yoni!!! Did you have a good Easter?

  • DroneRivers

    It's not looking good for this little boy smh. The fact that you'd stop cooperating with the police and didn't they both lawyer up separately? They're definitely hiding something.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Go to the varsity and get two chili slaw dogs and and a side of onion rings and LOG OFF ???

  • Trace da Ace

    chile yes!! they even showed the dog jumping into the trunk...then he immediately gets out and sits at the trunk...letting the cop know he found the boys scent.....

  • DroneRivers

    Completely feel you. I done went back to lurking and then just poppin in like one day a week. Stuff like this is why I stopped watching the news. Keep that love and light around you!

  • Trace da Ace

    I am STILL wondering why that heffa did not get the needle!

  • Yoni7

    Is the chili veggie chili or turkey? Same for the dogs? Are they turkey or veggie? I don't do slaw or onion rings. What other toppings do they have? Mustard? Bbq sauce?

  • Yoni7

    HEY Sunni! I don't "celebrate" Easter, but I did have a good day. I worked for a few hours. The weather was gorgeous and I cooked a beautiful meal. So "name" day aside. It WAS a good day, just like everyday.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    It’s beef I think! It’s good tho! Lol

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Yes raw onions are the thing to put on the hot dog. Ketchup mustard. It’s one of those ol school places. They don’t have a massive toppings selection

  • Nita Pie

    the dad looks weird

  • Nik

    I hear you. Do you, Love!!??

  • Nik

    It's the most unsettling feeling.

  • stav

    Psalm 37:10
    "Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;You will look at where they were,And they will not be there."

  • Luvi

    That child looks malnourished and neglected. Something is definitely suspect with the parents.

  • Judi Jupiter

    How bout just not have kids period?? I believe just like they mandate no abortions, they should mandate birth control..

  • Judi Jupiter

    I like mine with no mustard...lol.. and I gotta get a peach pie...

  • Chicagowise

    He was born with opiates in his system. I'm surprised he lived to see 5.

  • Chicagowise

    The moment I saw his parents, I knew he was dead. His pregnant, drug addict mother... his dopey @$$ father, talking about, "Come home. You're not in any trouble." Disgusting.

  • Ms..N
  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I like everything on mine

  • Chhzz

    idk how anyone can hurt a child....ANYONE.

  • Logan Roberts

    When I heard the CPS being involved before, I knew they did it. The police need to check that backyard. So sad ?

  • Seldomseen

    Man.....Jason was the truth always had me shook.

  • Li-Wright

    I'm watching the news reports on the family. Police had visited several times. The house was a wreck, had no power, broken windows. These were stone druggies. The dad looks like he's going through the DTs. The house was in foreclosure.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Poor lil baby was born to a mother named Crystal and lived in Crystal Lake. Please let them find him alive.

  • PlayerP

    Then how did they still have custody?
    Prayers up...I hope he is ok, unfortunately doesn't sound so

  • GAPeach

    She was also on that Crystal METH

  • Clopretty

    Praying so hard for this baby!! Kids are so innocent, and people are MONSTERS!! I do not believe he is missing those parents know wtf happened to this child! Makes me think of so many cases that has happened like this recently, parents trying to report a child missing after hurting the.

  • Allihave2say

    What says even more is the dad went to a doctor's appointment and was back home by 8:15 am. I need to know what doctor opens at 6 am because there's always an hour wait before they call you back, then 30 minutes waiting for them to come to your room, 15 minute discussion, and 15 minute check out, then he was home in 15 minutes. I need his doctor.

  • Allihave2say

    Nice.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Just tragic

  • Wreckognize Game

    Just tragic

  • lovelygamour

    i hope he is with a family member. maybe, someone came over, saw he was alone, and took him back to their home.

  • Li-Wright

    Update: the boy wasn't enrolled in school! Dad said he went to the school looking for AJ but the school says he wasn't enrolled.....this is very shakey news. The parents did something to that boy - sold him, killed him for insurance (the house was in foreclosure)….the parents did something to that kid. Makes me angry.

  • Li-Wright

    He wasn't enrolled in school. School is almost over so whatever happened to him, may have happened LAST year

  • Wayup!

    The methadone clinics here in Philadelphia open at 7 a.m.....

  • Wayup!

    Suck much ???

  • Look@m3

    I was wondering the same thing.....A doctor appointment before 8am. Yeah, that's where I saw the red flag. I need to follow this one.

  • Look@m3

    Yeah I just watched the mom sitting next to her attorney. Not getting a good vibe.

  • Look@m3
  • Yoni7

    Uh, no thanks. I don't do raw onions.....unless it's a red raw onion, sliced, not diced, on a sandwich. You can keep the ketchup too. Unless it's ketchup mixed with mayo to dip some fries in.

  • Yoni7

    Definitely not touching it. Any other options you want to direct me to? LOL

  • Wreckognize Game

    I don't know how home schooling is regulated. There should be someone who goes and gives the children a monthly or quarterly test. That can be a way to do a welfare check and to check their knowledge especially if they are getting a diploma.

  • garrisonville

    chile people are SICK & heartless now days. they don't give af about anything!

  • Telley

    There are doctors who have appointments before 8am. My doctor starts as early as 7:30am

  • Ghost

    Well they found him DEAD! Looks like mother did it... her and attorney went to police station and the attorney left the station 2 hours later ALONE! Smh

  • Allihave2say

    OH!!!!! I see the point here. Thank you. Sadly I just read that the boy's body was found 15 minutes from home.

  • sunni_daze

    That's good.

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  • Wayup!

    I hope they sterilize the mom.....

  • Allihave2say

    Life in prison without the possibility of parole will get the job done. The dad deserves the same.

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