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Records show 5-year-old boy's life on Dole Avenue was short

Records show DCFS, police involvement with Crystal Lake family

Police remove the family dog as they collect evidence Wednesday from the home of Andrew "AJ" Freund house at 94 Dole Ave. in Crystal Lake.
Police remove the family dog as they collect evidence Wednesday from the home of Andrew "AJ" Freund house at 94 Dole Ave. in Crystal Lake.

The search for 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund came to an end Wednesday when authorities said a body they believed was his was found in a field near Woodstock. His parents, JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr., were charged with first-degree murder in connection with his death.

April 24, 2019

Police discover AJ's body wrapped in plastic inside a shallow grave in a rural area on Dean Street near Woodstock.

Freund and Cunningham each are charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 5-year-old's death and remained in the McHenry County Jail on Wednesday to await a bond hearing.

April 23, 2019

Freund and Cunningham appear in McHenry County court together for a shelter hearing to determine where a second child living in the home will be placed amid allegations of abuse and neglect.

April 18, 2019

AJ is reported missing by his parents, who told police he was last seen April 17 at bedtime in their Crystal Lake home.

Police arrest Cunningham on a traffic violation warrant, and she is released after posting bond.

February 2019

Police complete a well-being check at the home, five years' worth of police reports show.

December 2018

Police investigate a reported prescription medication theft claim at Freund's home.

Cunningham is arrested for driving on a suspended license. 

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is called to investigate a bruise on one of the boy’s legs. 

A DCFS investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect against Cunningham is determined unfounded.

September 2018 

Police complete a well-being check at the home and respond to loose dog complaints.

August 2018

Police investigate a prescription medication theft claim at the home.

July 2018

Lenders file for foreclosure on the Dole Avenue home.

March 21, 2018

DCFS receives unfounded allegations of neglect against Freund and Cunningham. Cunningham agrees to re-enter treatment.

February 2018

Police investigate a missing and endangered adult. The person is located several days later. 

Police investigate a panic alarm at the home. All is clear. 

January 2018 

Police investigate a report of someone at the home not paying the bill for a stay at a local hotel. 

December 2017 

Police investigate a battery incident. 

September 2017

Police investigate a suspicious incident. Someone at the home claims their iPhone was hacked. 

May 2015

Police investigate a report of people in the home driving with no insurance and on suspended licenses with a child in the car. 

February 2015 

Police investigate a report of bad checks.

May 2014 

Cunningham reports to police that a couple living in her basement might be using heroin, and she inquires about having them removed from the home.

Police investigate loud music and drug allegations.

Nov. 14, 2013

AJ is placed in a foster home, where he remains until about two years before returning home in 2015.

Nov. 12, 2013

DCFS takes AJ into protective custody

Oct. 16, 2013

DCFS has their first contact with AJ when he is born with opiates in his system. DCFS opens an investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect against Cunningham.

January 2013

A family member files for an order of protection against Cunningham in a civil case concerning custody of Cunningham's eldest son. The boy's grandmother accuses Cunningham and Freund of failing to feed, supervise and provide medical care to the child, among other allegations.

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