Body of Missing Illinois Boy AJ Freund Found, Reports Say

Andrew Freund Sr. the father of the missing 5-year-old

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The body of a 5-year-old boy reported as missing last week was found wrapped in plastic in a shallow grave on Wednesday, and his parents have been charged with murder, police said.

"We went through the house completely", he said, according to the Chicago Daily Herald.

"In reviewing all investigative information thus far, there is no indication that would lead police to believe that an abduction had taken place". But hours of searching there, and also in Stern Woods, yielded nothing.

An attorney for Cunningham could not be reached by Reuters for comment on Wednesday. In a 911 call released Tuesday, the boy's father Andrew Freund Sr. said he last saw the boy when he went to bed the night of April 17.

Police say Cunningham has been refusing to cooperate with detectives.

Both parents, Andrew Freund and Joann Cunningham, were arrested on suspicion of first degree murder, aggravated battery and failure to report a dead child.

The Crystal Lake Police Department had said on April 19 that after an extensive search of the surrounding area, officers believed the boy never left his home and was not abducted, seemingly implicating the parents.

JoAnn Cunningham the mother of missing 5-year-old child
Report: Body found, believed to be missing Crystal Lake boy

Speaking at the noon news conference will be Crystal Lake Police Chief James Black and FBI Special Agent Colin McGuire. "In reviewing all information, there is no indication now that would lead police to believe that an abduction had taken place at this time".

"I just hope that they find him so that he can rest in peace", Taylor said. Animal Control officials were also seen at the home removing the family dog. One report described the home as littered with dog feces and urine, including a child's bedroom where the "smell of feces was overwhelming". In December, however, an officer reported that the house was "cluttered, dirty and in disrepair".

The officer during the visit also reported a suspicious bruise on one of the children, but a child welfare worker was unable to make a determination of abuse, the report said.

Sonar teams that searched Crystal Lake found nothing, and the canine teams "only picked up Andrew's "scent" within the residence, indicating that Andrew had not walked away on foot", the police said.

Carolina Bermudez, who lives near the property in Woodstock, said a police officer in an unmarked vehicle knocked on her door at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, and her husband answered. The agency had contact with the family on and off until late a year ago. DCFS involvement with AJ dated back to 2013, when he was born born with opiates in his system, and continued "on and off" through the end of 2018, according to the agency.

On top of this, records say, Freund represented her at a court appearance in a criminal case after his law license lapsed due to a failure to fulfill his continuing legal education requirements. Later, however, her attorneys acknowledged they had urged her to stop communication with police when it appeared to them she had become a suspect. They are seeking custody of their 4-year-old son, Parker.

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