Parents Of The Missing 5-Year-Old Boy, Who Pleaded For His Safe Return Are Charged With Murder


The parents of a five-year-old boy have been charged with murder after his body was found in a shallow grave wrapped in plastic.

JoAnn Cunningham, 36, and Andrew Freund Sr, 60, told police that their son, Andrew ‘AJ’ Freund, went missing after they put him on bed in Illinois last week.

Cunningham even appeared on Good Morning America over the weekend and tearfully pleaded for the return of her son.

But she refused to cooperate with police investigation in locating her son.

Local police and the FBI carried out a six-day search and did not believe that AJ ran away or was kidnapped.


However, they alleged that JoAnn has not adequately respond to questions about her son’s disappearance.

“As of today, the boy’s mother continues to be uncooperative with police,” the Crystal Lake Police Department said in a statement.

“Andrew Freund, the boy’s father, did speak with police detectives. Investigators are continuing to review evidence, leads, and tips as they become available.”

Officers interviewed the pair who later gave information that led the detectives to a shallow grave in Woodstock, about 20 minutes from their home in Crystal Lake.

Cunningham and Freund are now in custody and both face five counts of first-degree murder, reported CNN.


Cunningham was also charged with four counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated domestic battery, and one count of failure to report a missing child death.

Freund Sr was charged with 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 child or child death.

AJ’s cause of death has not been confirmed yet pending an autopsy by the McHenry County coroner.