CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP/CBS) — Prosecutors say an Illinois woman who pleaded guilty to killing her five-year-old son made statements during a psychological evaluation that could be beneficial to the defense of the boy’s father.
Lawyers convened for a short status hearing on the criminal case against 37-year-old JoAnn Cunningham, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last year in the April 2019 slaying of Andrew “AJ” Freund.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisories In Effect; Snow Arrives For Monday Morning Commute
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt granted the state’s request to share statements with the attorney who represents AJ’s father, 61-year-old Andrew Freund Sr. The Northwest Herald reports Wilbrandt said the statements aren’t publicly available because of a court order.
Cunningham and A.J.’s father, Andrew Freund, were indicted on a combined 61 counts last May, including murder, aggravated battery, and concealing a homicide.READ MORE: Melissa Ortega, 8-Year-Old Girl Killed In Little Village Shooting, Had Just Emigrated From Mexico
Their son was found beaten to death and buried in a shallow grave in a field in Woodstock in April, about a week after they had reported him missing. An autopsy determined A.J. died of multiple blunt force injuries to his head.
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