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Crime & Courts

Paternity results delayed for AJ Freund's baby sister

Balloons, stuffed animals, and candles are some of the items left on the front yard to remember the life of Andrew (AJ) Freund at 94 Dole Ave on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Crystal Lake.
Balloons, stuffed animals, and candles are some of the items left on the front yard to remember the life of Andrew (AJ) Freund at 94 Dole Ave on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Crystal Lake.

Results of paternity testing to determine who is the father of JoAnn Cunningham’s baby girl she delivered while in jail were delayed until Aug. 12.

Present in family court Monday morning were Andrew Freund and Daniel Nowicki, who each are considered a possible father to the baby girl, and Cunningham.

Child welfare authorities told Judge Christopher Harmon the swabs to be used for paternity testing for the baby girl had not yet been administered.

Cunningham, 36, and Freund, 60, each are charged with their son, 5-year-old AJ Freund’s, death and being held on $5 million bond in the McHenry County jail. Cunningham is due in criminal court Aug. 29. Freund is due July 16.

Nowicki, 36, also is being held in the county jail for a violation of probation in an unrelated case.

He also appeared in criminal court on Monday where his attorney said he is trying to find a bed in a drug rehabilitation facility.

A shelter hearing for AJ’s younger brother, currently in the custody of the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, also was rescheduled to Aug. 12.

AJ was the focus of a week-long search after police said his father made a false 911 call saying the child was missing. His body was found April 24 buried in a shallow grave in a Woodstock field.

Later Monday, in a McHenry County probate courtroom, through an attorney, AJ’s older brother asked the court to issue letters of administration. This would begin the process of distributing AJ’s estate. According to the petition filed, there is $500 in the State Bank of Geneva bank under AJ’s name.

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