Police responding to a hotline report found a large bruise on AJ's hip in
December. At first, he told investigators the bruise came from the family
But an emergency room physician noted that AJ later gave a different reason.
"Maybe someone hit me with a belt. Maybe Mommy didn't mean to hurt me," he
said, according to a Department of Children and Family Services summary of
The doctor could not determine the cause of the bruise but said it could
have resulted from "a dog, belt or football," according to DCFS. The case
was closed a month later for lack of evidence.
AJ's body was found wrapped in plastic in a shallow grave Wednesday. His
parents, Andrew Freund Sr., 60, and JoAnn Cunningham, 36, have been charged
with murder. A pathologist found he died from head trauma due to blunt force
injuries, according to a coroner's report.
The DCFS released a summary of its records, reports and documents showing
its interaction with AJ's family. It detailed numerous encounters with the
family, including 17 unannounced visits between June 2015 and March 2016. At
the time. The worker did not observe signs of abuse or neglect.
Last week, DCFS received another hotline call alleging neglect and
inadequate supervision at the home. The call came on the same day AJ's
parents reported him missing. Information from the couple ultimately led to
the recovery of his body in Woodstock, about 10 miles from their home in
Crystal Lake, police said.
The DCFS report Friday revealed a long history of child welfare hotline
calls with reports of a troubled homelife, squalid living conditions and
drug abuse by the parents. Some of those calls predate AJ's birth.
In 2012, DCFS was called on Cunningham twice: once on accusations of abusing
prescription drugs and neglecting her foster child and a second time for
"environmental neglect and injurious environment" for her eldest son. Both
reports were found to be unfounded and expunged.
Two days after his birth, a hotline report was called on Cunningham. Both
Cunningham and AJ tested positive for opiates and benzodiazepines. AJ was
removed from her care, and DCFS took custody of the infant.
AJ was returned to the couple eight months later after both parents took
parenting classes and entered a drug treatment program. Authorities have
described dog feces and urine throughout the family home, with broken
windows and a strong smell of feces where AJ and his younger brother slept.
Freund Sr. told a 911 dispatcher that he put AJ to bed on April 17 and by
the next morning he was gone.
"I got back from the doctor's appointment and I checked in on him to say
good morning and he wasn't there," Freund told 911. But police say AJ's
parents forced him "to remain in a cold shower for an extended period of
time and/or struck" AJ, according to a criminal complaint filed
A pathologist found he died from head trauma due to blunt force
injuries, according to a coroner's report.
Cunningham's attorney, George Kililis, told CNN affiliate WLS
weekend that the mother didn't know what happened to AJ "and had nothing
to do with his disappearance."
Protecting vulnerable children
AJ's younger sibling was in the home until this week, but is now living
with another family, DCFS spokesman Jassen Strokosch said.
DCFS said it was reviewing its handling of cases involving AJ's
family. A caseworker and supervisor have been placed on
administrative duty with no casework responsibilities during the
review. The agency said it will also review all cases handled by the
"As we move forward, we will be fully transparent with the public as
we seek to address any possible shortcomings in this incident and
understand how we can better serve the state's vulnerable children
and families," DCFS said in the summary released Friday.
"Protecting vulnerable children who come to our attention is at the
core of our mission at DCFS," acting director of DCFS Marc Smith
said. "All of us feel this loss. Our priority is the care and safety
of Andrew's younger sibling."
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
If you are in Canada's Most corrupt City, Ottawa Ontario, if you a father
whose wife assaults children violently beyond comprension
you are likely to meet Detective Sgt. Peter Van Der Zander who will
Fabricate evidence to NOT charge a violent female.
As does Const. W.S. Smith , and Tran etc.
After that, these "rotten cops" will then charge the male complainant,
with falsely reporting domestic violence, get a rotten Crown like
the political prosecutor of Mike Duffy, one Jason Neubeauer.
The crown and the Ottawa Children's Aid Society can't win a fair fight so
they fight dirty.
Step one, The Children's Aid society of Ottawa gets overwhelming evidence
that the mother was violent is violent and the children continue to
tell the child protection workers that the mother is still violent. Then the
CAS to cover up, instruct the Ottawa Police
to Drop charges (despite overwhelming evidence) against the mother and
charge the father... with "falsely reporting domestic violence"
It gets worse. The Crown then go to a corrupt trial coordinator who
arranges for the most corrupt judge in Ottawa
"Dianne Lahaie" who is more commonly known in Ottawa by the criminal bar
as "The Smiling Assassin" .
This is the kind of judge where a finding of guilt is a forgone
conclusion. A narcasistic corrupt psychopath, this particular judge
ensures that there will never be a fair trial.
The CAS and the Crown contact Legal Aid Ontario and have the accused
person's legal aid cancelled, for both the Criminal Charges
and the Child Protection matter that frequently goes along with criminal
charges laid by the Ottawa Police
at the request of the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa where supervisors
like Rob Godman, acts like the
God Father of Ottawa's largest Criminal Organization.
In Ottawa, if you are a father there is no justice, there is no
such thing as a fair trial.
The Judges of Ottawa at both the provincial and Superior Court level are
a collection of political decision makers
who are devoid ethics and any determination to carry out fundamental
When complaints are made to the Judicial council, judges choose to
Who are these judges?
Lahaie is a former prosecutor, most of the worst judges known as "rubber
have one feature in common. They are generally former lawyers for the
Children's Aid Socity
where being a corrupt criminal is why you get chosen to be a lawyer for
the CAS and why
you get promoted from being a lawyer for the CAS to being a judge, so you
too can get
to rubber stamp criminally corrupt decisions for the Children's Aid
Society and the
other Nazis' of Ottawa, the Ottawa Police.
Ottawa Mens Centre