ILLINOIS (AP) – Police say an Illinois couple who reported their 5-year-old son missing last week killed him days earlier by beating him and forcing him to remain in a cold shower for an extended period of time.
Those allegations are laid out in a criminal complaint filed Thursday against Joann Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr. They face first-degree murder, aggravated battery and several other charges in the death of Andrew “AJ” Freund.
During a brief court hearing Thursday, a judge set bail at $5 million each.
According to the complaint, AJ was killed about three days before his father called police to report that his son had disappeared. A body believed to be AJ’s was found Wednesday, wrapped in plastic and buried in a shallow grave in a wooded area a few miles from the family’s Crystal Lake home.
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