WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) – A judge has set bail at $5 million each for an Illinois mother and father charged with murder in the death of their 5-year-old son.
Joann Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr. appeared separately on Thursday morning at the McHenry County Jail during a hearing in which a prosecutor told Judge Mark Gerhardt that Freund allegedly beat Andrew “AJ” Freund and forced him into a cold shower.
The judge’s order means that each of the parents would each have to post 10 %, or $500,000 to be released from jail.
The parents reported the boy missing last week. On Wednesday, the boy’s father provided information that led to the discovery of a body believed to be that of the boy in a shallow grave a few miles from the family’s Crystal Lake home.
The parents are charged with first-degree murder and several other felony charges.