Mother of missing Crystal Lake boy no longer talking to police, attorney says


CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a missing Crystal Lake boy is no longer talking to police, her attorney said on Friday, after her lawyer said police might be considering her a suspect in his disappearance, according to WMAQ.

“Ms. Cunningham cooperated with the police extensively yesterday,” defense attorney George Kililis said. “Until at some point we got the impression that she may be considered a suspect. I don’t know if she is (considered a suspect) or not and I don’t know how serious that consideration is or not.”

Police in Crystal Lake say they’re focusing their search for a missing 5-year-old boy on his family residence.

Crystal Lake police said Friday that they have no indication Andrew “AJ” Freund was abducted. They say canine units only picked up the boy’s scent within the residence, which indicates Andrew didn’t leave on foot. Police say Andrew’s parents last saw him about 9 p.m. Wednesday and reported him missing Thursday when they woke up and couldn’t find him in the home.

An FBI team that specializes in missing children and more than a dozen police agencies are helping search for Andrew. Sonar teams have scanned Crystal Lake and not located anything. Crews are searching on foot and using drones for aerial searches.

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