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Today is Blue Sunday – a day of prayer for the victims of child abuse, and those who attempt to rescue them.
We hope and pray. But it is difficult to escape the grinding reality of child abuse, to remain in any way positive despite the fact that innocent lives are daily being lost.
Another such tragedy came to light this week, when the body of 5 y.o. AJ Freund was found in a shallow grave .
The boy’s parents, JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund, have been charged with his murder. After subjecting the child to an icy shower, the couple proceeded to beat him to death, then reported him missing to cover their tracks.
Neighbors tied up blue ribbons while the search for the boy was still ongoing.
However, the Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services had been involved with the family for years. AJ, you see, was born with opioids in his system. DCHFS later investigated two more allegations of neglect, documenting horrific living conditions.
AJ’s younger brother has temporarily been removed from the home. Meanwhile, JoAnn Cunningham is expecting another child .
 Chicago Tribune, “Parents of missing 5-year-old AJ Freund charged with murder after Crystal Lake boy’s body found in shallow grave” by Amanda Marrazzo et al, 4/25/19, https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-aj-freund-crystal-lake-20190424-story.html.
 Chicago Tribune, “As AJ Freund’s pregnant mother faces murder charge in his death, what happens when her baby is born?” by Angie Leventis Lourgos, 4/25/19, https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-aj-freund-crystal-lake-boy-mother-unborn-baby-20190425-story.html.
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