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.
Parents Of A.J. Freund Return To Court MondayAndrew Freund Sr. and JoAnn Cunningham are each being held on $5 million bond and are accused of murdering their 5-year-old son A.J.
Acting DCFS Chief On A.J.'s Death: 'Your Sense Of Outrage I Share 100%'DCFS has placed A.J.'s case worker and supervisor on administrative duties, removed from child care decisions, while an investigation continues.
'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.
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.