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JoAnn Cunningham gives a prison interview to a CBS reporter who claims to have her son A.J. didn't kill. Freund

& # 39; I would never hurt my children & # 39 ;: A.J. Freund & # 39; s crying drug addict mother says she & # 39; would rather commit suicide than hurt her family & # 39; in a prison interview after being charged with killing her five year old son and buried in the field near their house

  • JoAnn Cunningham is in custody awaiting trial for murder charges
  • In May she was arrested together with her friend Andrew Freund Snr.
  • The body of their son A.J. was found buried in a field near their home in Illinois
  • He was beaten to death for nine days before prosecutors found him
  • JoAnn was pregnant at that time and gave birth to a girl in prison
  • The child has been taken in by childcare and she is waiting for a trial
  • She cried on the phone against a CBS reporter who claimed she was innocent
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The mother of five-year-old A.J. Freund, who was dumped in a shallow grave near his parents' house three days after pretending to be missing, protested against her innocence from prison and said she would never hurt him.

JoAnn Cunningham, 36, is in custody awaiting trial for murder charges.

She and her friend, the 60-year-old father of A.J. Andrew, were arrested in May after the body of A.J. was buried in a field in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He was beaten to death nine days earlier.

Both do not plead guilty of murder, but have not explained how otherwise the child died.

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In a sad interview with the prison CBS, JoAnn said she would never have hurt him and seemed to be pointing the finger at her boyfriend, who is pointing the police to the body of A.J. led.

JoAnn Cunningham gives a prison interview to a CBS reporter who claims to have her son A.J. didn't kill. Freund

JoAnn Cunningham gives a prison interview to a CBS reporter who claims to have her son A.J. didn't kill. Freund

JoAnn Cunningham in her mugshot in May

JoAnn Cunningham in her mugshot in May

The body of A.J. was buried in a shallow grave in a field near his home in Illinois

The body of A.J. was buried in a shallow grave in a field near his home in Illinois

JoAnn Cunningham in her mugshot in May (left). The body of A.J. was buried in a shallow grave in a field near his home in Illinois. He was beaten to death and had bone injury from power trauma on his head

& # 39; I'd rather kill myself than hurt my family. I would rather kill myself than hurt someone, & she said.

A.J.'s father, Andrew Freund Snr, 60, is also in custody
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A.J.'s father, Andrew Freund Snr, 60, is also in custody

A.J.'s father, Andrew Freund Snr, 60, is also in custody

She admitted she used drugs when she was pregnant, and said it was something that I can't take back.

Immediately asked if they A.J. killed, she replied: & # 39; No. I would never hurt my children. & # 39;

In an apparent attempt to point the finger at A.J.'s father. to point, she said: & # 39; If it is Drew, he must grow some balls and he must tell them so that everyone does not suffer. You know, I'm scared. & # 39;

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She added that it is in jail & # 39; worse & # 39; had become since she started communicating with the media.

Cunningham contacted the CBS reporter from prison and they have since exchanged a number of letters.

The couple also spoke on the phone several times.

The child's mother is depicted after she reported him missing before his body was found in May

The child's mother is depicted after she reported him missing before his body was found in May

The child's mother is depicted after she reported him missing before his body was found in May

His parents said he had disappeared from his bedroom the night before he reported him missing
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His parents said he had disappeared from his bedroom the night before he reported him missing

His parents said he had disappeared from his bedroom the night before he reported him missing

Inside the house was filthy. Feces from dogs and animals are seen on bedding and towels on the floor in police photos of the couple's house, taken in 2012 and 2013

Inside the house was filthy. Feces from dogs and animals are seen on bedding and towels on the floor in police photos of the couple's house, taken in 2012 and 2013

Inside the house was filthy. Feces from dogs and animals are seen on bedding and towels on the floor in police photos of the couple's house, taken in 2012 and 2013

This was the condition of the house just a few months before A.J. was born

This was the condition of the house just a few months before A.J. was born

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This was the condition of the house just a few months before A.J. was born

The body of A.J. was found in a field buried in a shallow grave. Police say his father led them there

The body of A.J. was found in a field buried in a shallow grave. Police say his father led them there

The body of A.J. was found in a field buried in a shallow grave. Police say his father led them there

What her defense will be is unclear.

Social services had been home 17 times during the short life of A.J.

Social services had been home 17 times during the short life of A.J.

Social services had been home 17 times during the short life of A.J.

In May, after the body of AJ. & # 39; Found, it turned out that social services had been in the family 17 times during his life.

They lived in filth surrounded by animal excrement and were both admitted drug addicts but A.J. was never removed from their care.

Prosecutors say that the couple routinely abused him and had him take cold showers for misbehavior.

They claim a video from A.J. having found him lying on a bed, with an ice bag against his face, with his mother in the background scolding him for wetting the bed.

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Their process will begin later this year. She has already been found mentally fit and a judge has asked for her medical details.

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