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Prosecutors looking into charges against DCFS supervisor in AJ Freund case

Prosecutors are looking into filing charges against a DCFS supervisor for his handling in the case of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy Andrew Freund Jr., who was murdered in 2019. The Northwest Herald obtained a search warrant affidavit filed on May 7 by McHenry County State’s Attorney investigator Robert Diviacchi. The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office […]

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AJ Freund’s DCFS investigator and his supervisor placed on leave, official says

Department of Children and Family Services caseworker Carlos Acosta and his supervisor, who were accused of conducting ‘sham investigations’ into AJ Freund’s abuse before his death, have been put on leave, a government official said. State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) said Wednesday that a source at DCFS confirmed that caseworker Carlos Acosta and his […]

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New graphic details, including transcripts of police interviews, made public in AJ Freund’s murder

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article contains graphic details that may be upsetting to some readers. Prosecutors have released police interview transcripts with AJ Freund’s father and also revealed that police recovered a video that the young boy’s mother recorded of herself choking AJ just weeks before his death. JoAnn Cunningham, the mother of 5-year-old Andrew Freund, […]

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Mother of 5-year-old AJ Freund pleads guilty to murder in her son’s beating death

JoAnn Cunningham, the mother of 5-year-old Andrew Freund, has pleaded guilty Thursday morning to first-degree murder in the Crystal Lake boy’s beating death. Cunningham, who has been held in the McHenry County Jail on a $5 million bond, pleaded guilty at the McHenry County courthouse in front of Judge Robert Wilbrandt. She faces between 20 […]

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DCFS case workers conducted ‘sham investigations’ before 5-year-old AJ Freund died, lawsuit alleges

A federal lawsuit alleges that two DCFS case workers conducted ‘sham investigations’ and falsified reports despite clear signs that Andrew Freund was being abused before his death. “This week AJ should have been celebrating his 6th birthday, instead his family continues to mourn him. Unfortunately, the very people who were mandated to investigate the ongoing […]

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“AJ will always be our little superhero,” family of Andrew Freund says in statement

Six days after the body of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy Andrew Freund was found buried near Woodstock, his relatives have released a statement describing the boy as ‘loving and caring’. Andrew Freund’s family attorney Peter J. Flowers released a statement on behalf of the family on Tuesday. Flowers represents AJ’s family, other than the biological […]

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“Maybe someone hit me with a belt, maybe mommy didn’t mean to hurt me” Andrew Freund previously told to doctor

A new report detailing the timeline of DCFS involvement with Andrew Freund shows that he told a doctor months before his death, “Maybe someone hit me with a belt. Maybe mommy didn’t mean to hurt me.” On Friday, the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services released a more detailed timeline of their interactions with […]

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Coroner releases cause of death of 5-year-old Andrew Freund

An autopsy showed that Andrew “AJ” Freund died from “craniocerebral trauma” as a result of multiple blunt force injuries, the McHenry County Coroner’s Office said. McHenry County Interim Coroner David Devane released the results Thursday afternoon following the autopsy. AJ suffered craniocerebral trauma, which is a brain injury. The parents of Andrew Freund allegedly forced […]