Crystal Lake Police Chief Jim Black stated police interviewed the mother and father of Andrew “AJ” Freund in a single day after info was obtained by means of forensic evaluation of their cellular phone information.
The mother and father, Andrew Freund Sr. and JoAnn Cunningham, then supplied info that finally led to the restoration of AJ’s physique in Woodstock, Illinois, about 10 miles from their residence in Crystal Lake, police stated.
They each face costs of first-degree homicide, aggravated battery and aggravated home battery and failure to report a lacking or kid’s loss of life, Black stated. Freund Sr. additionally faces costs of concealment of homicidal loss of life, police stated.
The reason for loss of life is unknown presently.
“To AJ’s household: It’s my hope that you might have some solace in realizing that AJ is not struggling and his killers have been delivered to justice,” Black stated.
The search started final Thursday morning when his father calmly known as police and reported him as lacking.
Freund advised a 911 dispatcher that he put AJ to mattress in his pajamas final Wednesday night time however couldn’t discover him within the morning earlier than college.
“I had a physician appointment this morning and after I bought again from the physician’s appointment and I checked in on him to say good morning and he wasn’t there,” the daddy advised the dispatcher Thursday.
He stated he searched throughout the home and canvassed the neighborhood however could not discover him.
The ensuing search has included 15 police businesses, drones, and rescue canine items. However police stated it was probably that AJ had not walked away and was not kidnapped, and as a substitute centered the investigation on the household residence.
Sonar groups that searched Crystal Lake discovered nothing, and the canine groups “solely picked up Andrew’s ‘scent’ throughout the residence, indicating that Andrew had not walked away on foot,” the police stated.
“(T)right here is not any indication that might lead police to imagine that an abduction had taken place,” the division stated in an announcement.
As well as, Crystal Lake Police earlier stated Cunningham “continues to be uncooperative with police.”
Baby welfare investigations
Police on Tuesday launched 63 pages of experiences detailing a number of police calls to Andrew’s residence lately. In December, for example, an officer described unlivable situations within the residence with “canine feces and urine” scattered there.
The officer through the go to additionally reported a suspicious bruise on one of many kids, however a baby welfare employee was unable to make a dedication of abuse, the report stated. Somebody on the home stated it might have been attributable to a canine.
Months earlier, an area resident known as police to examine on the youngsters as a result of the house had been with out energy for weeks, in keeping with the experiences. An officer wrote the 2 kids appeared “wholesome and completely happy” and that youngster welfare authorities stated the dearth of electrical energy didn’t warrant their investigation.
The Illinois Division of Kids and Household Companies has “been concerned with the household” since AJ’s beginning, division spokesman Jassen Strokosch advised CNN. AJ “was introduced into care with us” quickly after he was born, when “neglect was indicated on a part of the mother,” Strokosch stated. From 2013 to 2015, the toddler was within the care of another person, he stated.
The division was known as in twice in 2018 on allegations of neglect in March and of abuse and neglect in December, Strokosch stated. The allegations had been decided to be unfounded in each situations, he stated.
A youthful sibling who had been within the residence till this week is now dwelling with one other household, Strokosch stated.
Mother and father spoke to the media
Andrew Freund Sr. late final week spoke to TV cameras saying they had been extraordinarily apprehensive about their son.
“AJ, please come residence,” his father stated. “We love you very a lot. You are not in any bother. We’re simply apprehensive to loss of life. Please, please come residence.”
CNN’s Ray Sanchez, Deanna Hackney, Sheena Jones, Brad Parks and Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.