Andrew Freund Sr. in court Friday in case of 5-year-old son AJ’s murder

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CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — Andrew Freund, Sr. was back in court Friday in the case of his 5-year-old son’s murder.

A procedural hearing was held in McHenry County. The judge is expected to approve the release of medical records to lawyers.

But there have been reports Freund, Sr. may also be looking to reach an agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutors claim 60 year-old Freund, Sr. and 36 year-old ex-wife JoAnn Cunningham beat AJ, and then buried his body in a shallow grave in Woodstock in April.

Last week, Cunningham reversed her not guilty plea, and admitted to her role in the fatal beating in a plea deal.

She faces 20 to 60 years in prison.

Freund, Sr. has blamed Cunningham for the boy’s death, and told investigators previously she had struck him several times after the boy lied to her about soiling underwear.

He remains charged with first-degree murder and accused of burying the boy’s body.

Freund, Sr. and Cunningham remain in custody on a $5 million bond.

Meantime, two DCFS workers face discipline. Spokespeople for DCFS are unable to comment on personnel matters until a final report is released.

 

 

 

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