JoAnn Cunningham, the mom of lacking 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund, is being “uncooperative” with investigators because the frantic seek for the Illinois boy reaches a fifth day, Crystal Lake police mentioned on Monday.
AJ was final seen the night time of April 17. Police say there isn’t any indication he was kidnapped.
The younger boy was put to mattress however within the morning he was gone, Cunningham’s legal professional, George Kililis, advised “Good Morning America” this weekend.
Cunningham reported AJ lacking on April 18, Kililis mentioned.
Cunningham spoke with a number of officers and “was absolutely cooperating with the police with out holding something again,” Kililis mentioned.
Kililis mentioned he then acquired the impression that police thought-about Cunningham to be a suspect when her dwelling and cellphone had been searched.
“These are usually not actions you are taking until you think about any person a suspect,” he mentioned, including that he advised her to stay silent.
“She has nothing to do along with his disappearance or something which will have occurred to him,” Kililis mentioned. “She’s nothing greater than a grieving mom.”
“I simply need my youngsters. That is my life,” Cunningham advised “GMA” by tears.
The boy’s father, Andrew Freund, spoke with detectives on Saturday, police mentioned.
No arrests have been made, police mentioned.
Canine groups have solely picked up the boy’s scent inside his dwelling, which police mentioned signifies he did not stroll away on foot. Investigators stay centered on AJ’s home and the individuals who might have seen him final, police mentioned.
Because the investigation continues, AJ’s youthful brother has been positioned in a unique dwelling beneath a Division of Youngsters and Household Providers (DCFS) security plan, a DCFS spokesman advised ABC Information.
DCFS has had contact with AJ’s household for the reason that boy was born in 2013, the spokesman mentioned.
The final contact between DCFS and the household was in December 2018. Baby safety staffers had been investigating allegations of abuse and neglect, he mentioned. The allegations had been unfounded, he added.
“The disappearance of AJ should not affect her skill to guardian,” Kililis mentioned, including, “We are going to cooperate with DCFS, we perceive what they’re doing… they’re doing their job.”
“We predict we’ll be capable to present ample proof that JoAnn had nothing to do it” and was offering a “secure surroundings,” he mentioned.
The FBI’s Chicago bureau is concerned within the case.
AJ is described as standing at Three ft 5 inches tall and weighing 70 kilos. He was final seen carrying a blue sweatshirt and black sweatpants.
Anybody with info is requested to name the Crystal Lake Police Division at 815-356-3620.
ABC Information’ Henderson Hewes, Alex Faul and Michelle Ciccotelli contributed to this report.