Illinois parents plead not guilty in son’s beating death

Andrew T. Fruend and Joann D. Cunningham – Photo McHenry County Sheriff’s Office

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois mother and father have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the beating death of their 5-year-old son. JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr. of Crystal Lake appeared in McHenry County court Friday, the day after a 30-page grand jury indictment was handed down in the case. Police found Andrew “AJ” Freund’s body last month in a shallow grave, nine days after authorities say he was beaten to death and a week after his parents reported him missing. McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt granted a defense request for a psychological exam of Freund. The judge also said a gag order request from both parents’ attorneys was too broad.