WOODSTOCK, Ill. — An Illinois mother and father charged with murder in the death of their 5-year-old son have plead not guilty in court Friday.
A grand jury has formally indicted 36-year-old JoAnn Cunningham and 60-year-old Andrew Freund Sr. of Crystal Lake.
They appeared in McHenry County Court separately Friday, where they each entered a plea of not guilty.
Cunningham and Freund Sr. face murder charges in Andrew “AJ” Freund’s beating death last month. Police found AJ’s body in a shallow grave covered with straw April 24, nine days after authorities say he died and a week after his parents reported him missing .
Along with the murder charges, they’re charged with battery and concealing a homicide. Combined, AJ’s parents are facing 41 charges.
The indictment accuses them of a separate videotaped beating in March, as well as charges of child endangerment and reckless conduct from last September.
Public defenders represent both parents. Freund’s court-appointed attorney on Tuesday asked for a psychological evaluation of his client.
According to an affidavit, the parents forced AJ to take a cold shower before he died as punishment for lying about soiling his underwear.
Freund Sr. and Cunningham are being held in a McHenry County jail on $5 million bail each.
The two will be back in court on June 18.