Andrew Freund, the father of AJ Freund, could reach plea deal this week in murder of Crystal Lake boy

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
AJ Freund death: Andrew Freund, Crystal Lake boy's father, could reach plea deal this week
A father charged in the death of his 5-year-old son could be taking a plea deal as soon as Friday.

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (WLS) -- The father of AJ Freund could be taking a plea deal this week in the death of the Crystal Lake 5-year-old last year.

Andrew Freund's attorney told the Daily Herald that he could reach a deal as soon as Friday. He is charged with the boy's murder.

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"I love him and I miss him and there's nothing I wouldn't do to bring him back," Cunningham told the court.

Andrew Freund appeared briefly in court Wednesday morning and is scheduled to return to court Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Andrew Freund appears in court for hearing

Andrew Freund, who is charged with murdering his 5-year-old son AJ in Crysal Lake, appeared in court Wednesday.

Last December, JoAnn Cunningham, AJ's mother, pleaded guilty to murder charges. In July, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Two former Department of Children and Family Services workers who oversaw AJ Freund's case were charged last week with felony child endangerment and reckless conduct.

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Crews demolished the Crystal Lake house where police said five-year-old A.J. Freund was murdered by his parents Wednesday morning.