Andrew Drew Freund Sr. and JoAnn Cunningham | Booking photos provided by Crystal Lake Police Department.

The parents of Andrew Freund allegedly forced the boy into a cold shower ‘for an extended period’ and beat him, knowing that it would cause his death, a criminal complaint alleges.

36-year-old JoAnn Cunningham, the boy’s mother, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated domestic battery and one count of failure to report a missing or child death.

60-year-old Andrew Drew Freund Sr., the boy’s father, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of concealment of a homicidal death, two counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated domestic battery and one count of failure to report a missing or child death.

The criminal complaint stated that the boy was killed on April 15 and Andrew Freund Sr. buried his body the same day.

Both parents are being held at the McHenry County Jail on a $5 million bond following a bond hearing Thursday morning.

Crystal Lake Police Chief James Black and FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Sallet announced Wednesday during a press conference that the missing boy’s body had been found on private property near Gayle Drive and Dean Street in unincorporated Woodstock.

A makeshift memorial consisting of balloons, flowers, stuffed animals, candles and other items is setup in front of the Crystal Lake home of Andrew Freund | Photo by Tyler Tobolt.

Cunningham and Freund Sr. told police where the boy’s body was located after police obtained new information through a forensic analysis of cell phone data, Black said.

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Crystal Lake police officers, McHenry County sheriff’s deputies, FBI agents and other law enforcement converged on the Woodstock property early Wednesday morning and located the body buried in a shallow grave wrapped in plastic, Black said.

The cause of death is unknown at this time and will be determined by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office, police said.

“On behalf of the Crystal Lake Police Department, we would like to thank the FBI, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and the other local, state, and county law enforcement and fire department and emergency management entities. Their assistance was instrumental in bringing closure to this investigation,” Black said during the press conference.

“To AJ’s family, it is our hope that you may have some solace in knowing that AJ is no longer suffering and his killers have been brought to justice. We would also like to thank the community for their support and assistance during this difficult time. To AJ, we know you are at peace playing in heaven’s playground and are happy you no longer have to suffer,” Black said.

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Investigators removed several items, including a dirt covered shovel, a mattress, two brown bags and a bin from the family home in Crystal Lake Wednesday morning. Animal control also seized the family dog around the same time.

The FBI and police converge on a field near unincorporated Woodstock Wednesday morning where the body of missing 5-year-old Andrew Freund was found | Photo by Alex Vucha.

Andrew’s parents reported the boy missing on April 18. Andrew Freund Sr. told dispatchers during a 911 call that he last saw his son when he put him to bed around 9:30 p.m. April 17 at the family home on Dole Avenue in Crystal Lake.

The second day of the search, police said that they were confident Andrew had not been abducted and had not walked away on foot. They had focused their investigation on the family’s home and declared it a crime scene.

At least 15 police agencies along with the FBI were called in to help with the search and investigation. More than 373 acres were searched by foot and more than 497 acres were covered by aerial search.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had been involved with Andrew since he was born in 2013 with opiates in his system. DCFS ended contact with the family in December 2018.

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After Andrew went missing, his younger brother had been taken into protective custody by DCFS.

On Tuesday, police released 63 pages of compiled police reports detailing their interactions with the family home and parents in the last five years. In those reports, police officers noted the dirty condition the family’s home was in, saying that the home had broken windows, no power, strong feces and urine odors, and other issues.

“The outcome of this case is a result of the extraordinary efforts of all of the Investigators directly involved in the case,” Crystal Lake Police Chief James Black said as he concluded at the press conference Wednesday afternoon.

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4 replies on “Parents of Andrew Freund allegedly forced the boy into cold shower, beat him to death”

  1. This is so Sad , but lets be clear on the date of 5 year old Andrew’s death it was Dec. 18th the day that police were call to house for the oh i don’t know how many time , they NOTED the house was NOT up to ACCEPTABLE LIVING STANDARDS FECES, URINE in BOYS ROOM how do you leave BABES like that . They should have NEVER been given back ANDREW he was born with OPIATES in HIS SYSTEM …. WE all need to ask why the boys were living there after all that was seen and said IN REPORTS 63 of them WITH polices alone HOW MANY more with DCfS NO POWER BROKEN WINDOWS . they did Well calls and NOTED no answer MONTHS PRIOR WHAT NO FOLLOW UP WELL CARE CALLS CHECK UP’S. IF there was a “EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS ” taken in DEC. 2018 we may not have needed the one investigators did NOW ! ! IF THIS WENT ON BECAUSE OF LAWS THEN WE NEED TO FIX THE LAWS WERE THE CHILD COME FIRST WHAT’S WRONG WITH US THAT WE LET BABES STAY IN PLACES WERE WE WOULDN’T STAY ARE SELF,SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE SPOKE FOR THE CHILD WHEN WE HAD A CHANCE

  2. The only justice is the same thing should be done to them both…. these disgusting animals need to feel pain and suffer…. three meals a day and a bed is not justice.

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