The Illinois dad and mother who reported their 5-year-old son missing closing week murdered the boy, wrapped his physique in plastic and buried him in a shallow grave, officers said.
Andrew Freund Sr. and JoAnn Cunningham had been charged Wednesday after Andrew “AJ” Freund was found lifeless about seven miles away near Woodstock, primarily based on Crystal Lake Police.
During interviews carried out in a single day, the dad and mother “provided information” that lastly led to authorities discovering the child, authorities said.
“AJ is no longer suffering and his killers are being brought to justice,” Police Chief James Black said at a Wednesday press conference.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had been in contact with the family as a result of the teenager was born with opiates in his system in 2013, primarily based on the Chicago Tribune, which moreover reported a youthful son of the couple had been positioned in DCFC custody.
His set off of loss of life wasn’t launched pending further investigation.
AJ’s dad and mother first knowledgeable police he vanished after they put him to mattress spherical 9 p.m. closing Wednesday at their Crystal Lake dwelling.
They reported him missing the subsequent morning, nonetheless investigators later said his mother stopped cooperating with authorities on the lookout for her teenager.
Both dad and mother had been charged with a quantity of counts of first-degree murder. The boy’s mother moreover faces bills for aggravated battery, aggravated house battery, and failure to report a missing teenager or teenager loss of life.
Freund Sr. faces bills for aggravated battery, aggravated house battery, concealment of a homicidal loss of life and failure to report a missing teenager or loss of life.
“No one was going to sleep, and no one will sleep until justice is brought to AJ. This is the beginning of the process,” said Jeffrey Sallet, specific agent in price for the FBI’s Chicago Office.