Parents of Murdered Illinois Boy A.J. Freund Agree to Give Up Custody of His Younger Brother

The Illinois parents charged with allegedly murdering 5-year-old Andrew “A.J.” Freund have agreed to give up custody of their youngest son as they remain behind bars awaiting trial, multiple outlets report.

On Monday, JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund, Sr., attended a custody hearing in McHenry County Juvenile Court after prosecutors filed a petition seeking to terminate their parental rights for A.J.’s younger brother, Chicago stations NBC5 and WGN 9 and the Northwest Herald report.

The couple later agreed to relinquish custody of their 4-year-old son to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, NBC 5, WGN and other outlets report.

The child was taken into DCFS custody when A.J. was reported missing.

Held on a $5 million bond each, Cunningham, 35, and Freund, 60, also appeared in criminal court Monday for a preliminary hearing but did not enter pleas, local station WGN 9 reports.

While in court, Cunningham, who is 7 months pregnant, appeared dazed, multiple outlets report.

Struggling to answer questions, Cunningham told the court in hushed tones that she “has no money, hasn’t worked in two years, her last job was as a hair stylist, and her home is in foreclosure,” WGN9 reports.

She and Freund are scheduled to return to court on May 10, where they will likely face grand jury indictments, WGN 9 reports.

They are accused of murdering A.J. by beating him after they forced him to stand in a cold shower “for an extended” period of time, according to the criminal complaint against the couple obtained by PEOPLE.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, KC Baker