With these phrases, the daddy of 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund calmly reported the Illinois boy lacking final Thursday morning, based on a 911 name launched by the Crystal Lake Police Division on Tuesday.
“Awakened this morning and he wasn’t … he wasn’t,” Andrew Freund Sr. instructed the dispatcher.
Police have stated they’re placing particular concentrate on Andrew’s dwelling after figuring out it is unlikely he was kidnapped or walked away.
The boy’s father instructed the 911 dispatcher he final noticed Andrew at bedtime about 9:30 the night time earlier than.
“We have canvassed the neighborhood,” he stated throughout the 911 name. “I went to the native park, the native gasoline station down right here the place we typically take him to purchase treats. I spoke with the assistant principal over there on the faculty the place the park is they usually have not seen him … I don’t know the place he could be.”
“Sir, you place him to mattress final night time so he was in his pajamas after which if you went to get him for varsity, he wasn’t there and then you definitely regarded round for a bit?”
“What time was he speculated to be at college?”
“I had a health care provider 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 instructed the dispatcher Thursday.
Requested whether or not he searched the house, Andrew Freund stated, “Closets. The basement. The storage. In every single place.”
Police on Tuesday launched 63 pages of studies detailing a number of police calls to Andrew’s dwelling in recent times, together with one from December by which an officer described unlivable situations within the dwelling, with “canine feces and urine” scattered across the dwelling.
The officer throughout 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 could have been attributable to a canine.
Months earlier, a neighborhood resident known as police to verify on the kids as a result of the house had been with out energy for weeks, based on the studies. An officer wrote the 2 kids appeared “wholesome and pleased” and that little one welfare authorities stated the shortage of electrical energy didn’t warrant their investigation.
Police stated the seek for the lacking boy is targeted on the Lippold Park space they usually requested for surveillance video from residents.
The search effort includes 15 police businesses, drones, and rescue canine models. Sonar groups that searched Crystal Lake — the lake that provides the neighborhood its title — discovered nothing, and the canine groups “solely picked up Andrew’s ‘scent’ inside the residence indicating that Andrew had not walked away on foot,” the police stated in an announcement over the weekend.
“(T)right here isn’t any indication that will lead police to consider that an abduction had taken place,” the Crystal Lake Police Division stated.
The Illinois Division of Youngsters and Household Providers has “been concerned with the household” since Andrew’s delivery, division spokesman Jassen Strokosch instructed CNN.
Andrew “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 “in care with 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 dwelling till this week is now residing with one other household, Strokosch stated.
“AJ, please come dwelling,” the boy’s father stated to tv cameras. “We love you very a lot. You are not in any bother. We’re simply apprehensive to loss of life. Please, please come dwelling.”
Crystal Lake police issued a press launch with Andrew’s description Thursday however did not difficulty an AMBER alert “on account of regulation enforcement being unable to substantiate an abduction occurred,” the division stated.
Police stated about 373 acres had been searched on foot, and virtually 500 acres had been searched by drones. A sonar staff searched below docks and piers alongside all of Crystal Lake and within the lake near the primary seaside space, a launch stated. Crystal Lake is about 50 miles northwest of Chicago.
CNN’s Deanna Hackney, Sheena Jones, Brad Parks and Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.