Prosecutors: Parents of AJ Freund put him in cold shower, beat him to death – Chicago Tribune

The parents of 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund forced the boy “to remain in a cold shower for an extended period of time” and beat him until he died, according to prosecutors. The boy was then buried April 15, three days before his dad reported him missing.

Bail was set at $5 million Thursday morning for each of the boy’s parents, who were charged with murder hours after authorities found what they believe is the body of the Crystal Lake boy in a shallow grave near Woodstock.

The official complaint filed against JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund gave the details about the alleged beating and his death. The McHenry County coroner’s office has not yet released an official cause of death.

Both parents had bond hearings Thursday morning at the McHenry County jail, with Cunningham appearing first, and were ordered held in lieu of $5 million bail, for which they each would have to post a 10 percent bond.


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