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IL ANDREW "AJ" FREUND: Missing from Crystal Lake, IL - 17 April 2019 - Age 5 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by kdg411, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    The newborn daughter of a Crystal Lake woman accused of slaying her 5-year-old son will remain in protective custody while a judge attempts to determine who fathered the child.
    https://www.nwherald.com/2019/06/10...agrees-to-keep-child-in-dcfs-custody/a1v6m8t/

    The newborn daughter of a Crystal Lake woman accused of slaying her 5-year-old son will remain in protective custody while a judge attempts to determine who fathered the child.

    McHenry County Judge Christopher Harmon on Monday ordered two men to submit paternity tests in an effort to identify who fathered the infant, born May 31 to accused murderer JoAnn Cunningham.
    https://www.daily-chronicle.com/201...agrees-to-keep-child-in-dcfs-custody/a1v6m8t/
     
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  2. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    In Illinois, consideration for children born to mothers serving time is given to family members if it’s in the best interest of the child. Court documents obtained by CNN in May said Freund is not the father of Cunningham’s baby.

    A judge has ordered paternity tests; the long-term custody decision for the child is ultimately up to a judge.

    Both parents are being held at the McHenry County jail.
    https://fox6now.com/2019/06/10/moth...-5-year-old-a-j-freund-gives-birth-in-prison/
     
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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    'This is an egregious case': AJ Freund's estate considering lawsuit against DCFS

    A McHenry County judge appointed a bank to serve as the administrator of slain child AJ Freund's estate Monday, clearing the way for a potential wrongful-death lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


    In court Monday, Judge Michael Chmiel approved a petition naming State Bank of Geneva as administrator of AJ's estate. The move allows attorneys for the estate to investigate the state's handling of AJ's case, seek state records involving him and his family, and sue DCFS or others.

    "We really need to get to the heart of what this is about and see what DCFS has," said attorney Ted Meyers. "Not just the timeline, but the actual records. Based on what we've seen so far, this is an egregious case."

    Winning damages from DCFS in state court would be challenging for the estate. State law provides widespread immunity to state agencies and their workers from negligence claims.

    However, Meyers said, another option is bringing a federal lawsuit alleging DCFS violated AJ's constitutional rights to equal protection under the law.

    Meyers said he also hopes AJ's case will cause change in state laws protecting children. AJ's case was one in which "obviously overworked" caseworkers missed obvious signs of abuse, he said.

    "We don't think it will be a simple matter, but something has to change," Meyers added.

    MORE: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20...eunds-estate-considering-lawsuit-against-dcfs
     
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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Crystal Lake Seeks to Demolish Freund House

    The home where 5-year-old AJ Freund was allegedly beaten to death by his parents could be torn down. The city of Crystal Lake has filed complaint with McHenry County seeking the home at 94 Dole Avenue, which is "dangerous and unsafe" and would cost $100,000 to be brought up to code, be demolished, the Northwest Herald is reporting.

    Some of the violations include mouse droppings inside the home; mold levels inside that are above what is considered elevated, with noticeable mold on the ceiling of the kitchen and master bedroom; missing flooring and subflooring; garbage and debris throughout the house; missing drywall and plaster and interior locks on the doors. Thousands of dollars in liens are in place against property, according to court documents.

    The home has been in foreclosure and the owner of the home, Joann Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr., remain in custody each on a $5 million bail in connection with their son's death this past April.

    https://patch.com/illinois/crystallake/crystal-lake-seeks-demolish-freund-house

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Accused murderer, father of slain Crystal Lake boy fit to stand trial

    The father accused of killing and burying 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy AJ Freund is psychologically fit to stand trial, his attorney said Tuesday.

    Special Public Defender Henry Sugden had previously asked to have 60-year-old Andrew Freund Sr. evaluated to gauge the accused murderer and former attorney’s psychological well-being. Sugden said the evaluation was just precautionary and wasn’t an indication that Freund would enter an insanity plea.

    https://www.kcchronicle.com/2019/07...-crystal-lake-boy-fit-to-stand-trial/az49e45/
     
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