Woman in Prison for Son’s Murder in McHenry County Gets Post-Trial Motions Rejected

(Crystal Lake, IL)  The mother of a murdered McHenry County boy has had a post-trial petition rejected by a judge. JoAnn Cunningham claimed her constitutional rights were violated on several occasions before her December 2019 plea to the murder of her 5-year-old son AJ Freund. Cunningham also claimed she was seeing demons before the murder took place. The judge in the case said no rules were violated, and refuted each of Cunningham’s claims. She will continue to serve the 35-years in prison given to her after her plea. The boy’s father, Andrew Freund Sr. also pleaded guilty in the death…and is currently serving 30-years.

Tim Vander Tuuk, WXLC News (6-2-22)