As AJ Freund’s pregnant mother faces murder charge in his death, what happens when her baby is born? – Chicago Tribune

As the pregnant mother of 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund faces murder and other charges in connection to his death, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will be coordinating a plan for custody once her baby is born.

JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund of Crystal Lake are being held in the McHenry County jail in lieu of $5 million bail after authorities discovered what they believe to be the body of their son in a shallow grave near Woodstock.

Cunningham is seven months pregnant. If she’s incarcerated at the time of the birth, DCFS would be contacted by either the hospital where she delivers or the jail or prison where she’s housed, said Jassen Strokosch, spokesman for the state’s child welfare agency.

Medical care for the baby would be the same as if the mother were not incarcerated, he said.


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