A.J. Freund's Mother Appointed Public Defender In Murder Case; Father Seeks More Time To Decide On LawyerThe parents of 5-year-old A.J. Freund are back in court today, to be arraigned on charges they forced their son to stand in a cold shower for an extended time, and then beat him to death.
'Maybe Mommy Didn't Mean To Hurt Me'; A.J. Freund Told Doctor About Mysterious Bruise Five Months Before His DeathFour months before 5-year-old A.J. Freund was killed, he told a doctor “maybe someone hit me with a belt. Maybe mommy didn’t mean to hurt me” after police found a mysterious bruise on his hip, according to a timeline released by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Heartbroken, Public Donates $14,000 For Crystal Lake Boy A.J. Freund's Funeral ExpensesCrystal Lake police on Thursday said people have been calling police to ask where to donate money to the brother of AJ Freund, the Crystal Lake boy who died last week after being beaten by his parents. 
A.J. Freund Case: DCFS Timeline Raises Questions About Neglect Investigation Four Months Before Boy's DeathFour months before 5-year-old A.J. Freund's parents allegedly beat him to death, there appear to be significant discrepancies between a police report noting deplorable conditions inside the family's house, and a home visit by a DCFS investigator the next day, which ultimately deemed an allegation of neglect to be unfounded.
New Information In AJ Freund Case To Be Released TodayNew information is expected to be revealed Friday in the case of AJ Freund, the 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy whose parents are charged in his murder.
Neighbor Recalls Concerns About A.J. Freund's Well-Being Before The 5-Year-Old's DeathOne late night during a snow storm she says she heard calls for help coming from the family's car. The boys were yelling they were cold. 
A.J. Freund's Parents Accused Of Killing And Burying 5-Year-Old Three Days Before Reporting Him MissingA.J. Freund's parents forced the 5-year-old into a cold shower for an extended period of time, and the 5-year-old was repeatedly struck all over his body, leading to his death, McHenry County prosecutors alleged in court Thursday morning.
Hundreds Attend Vigil For 5-Year-Old A.J. Freund After 5-Year-Old's Body Found In Shallow GraveMissing for nearly a week, the search for A.J. ended in a rural field, with his parents in jail and accused of dumping the 5-year-old's body in a shallow grave about eight miles from the family's Crystal Lake home. 
Who Failed A.J. Freund? The 5-Year-Old Is The Latest In A Long List Of Child Deaths In Cases Involving DCFSWho failed A.J. Freund? His parents are arrested and charged in his death and accused of hiding his body. But they weren't the only ones involved in his life. 
A.J. Freund's Parents Charged With Murder, Both Have Prior Criminal RecordsThe parents of a 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy, who were charged with his murder, have prior criminal records, ranging from retail theft to battery.
A.J. Freund's Parents Charged With Murder; Missing Crystal Lake Boy's Body Found Buried In Shallow Grave Near WoodstockBoth of 5-year-old A.J. Freund's parents, Andrew Freund Sr. and JoAnn Cunningham, have been charged with murder, after a body believed to be the missing 5-year-old boy was found buried in a shallow grave near Woodstock, more than seven miles from his family's home in Crystal Lake.