JoAnn Cunningham pleaded responsible in December to killing her son, Andrew AJ Freund. Eight months earlier, police uncovered the boys battered physique, wrapped in plastic and hid in a shallow grave close to the household’s house in Crystal Lake.
Cunningham confronted between 20 to 60 years in jail. She pleaded for mercy from the decide on Thursday, portraying herself as a loving mom who misses her son. Prosecutors had requested the decide to impose the utmost 60-year sentence so the 37-year-old mom would die in state jail.
Prosecutors, although, offered proof that Cunningham bodily and emotionally abused AJ for years earlier than the beating that killed him. A police officer who went to the household’s house after AJ was reported lacking described the stench of the garbage-strewn home, the place state baby welfare officers had been frequent guests.
McHenry County States Lawyer Patrick Kenneally mentioned AJ died alone, padlocked inside his bed room as his mind swelled and his personal blood choked him.
AJs father, 61-year-old Andrew Freund Sr., has been charged with first-degree homicide. He pleaded not responsible and is awaiting trial.
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