Mother of missing Illinois boy found dead delivers baby girl in jail

CRYSTAL LAKE (WKOW) — The mother of Crystal Lake murder victim AJ Freund, 5, gave birth in jail while awaiting trial for her son’s death.

The Northwest Herald reports that Joann Cunningham gave birth to a girl on May 31.

A.J. Freund
A.J. Freund

The baby is being held in protective custody while both Cunningham and her ex-boyfriend Andrew Freund Sr. are being held in connection with AJ Freund’s disappearance and death.

Cunningham, was 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, according to ABC7 Chicago.

Andrew Freund Sr. was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated domestic battery, two counts of concealment of a homicidal death, and one count of failure to report a missing or child death.

The boy was found six days after he was reported missing in a shallow grave, wrapped in plastic, according to police.

Police say the two killed the 5-year-old boy in their Crystal Lake home and then buried his body at a site in Woodstock.

Sam Brink

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