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JoAnn Cunningham, accompanied by her public defender, Angelo Mourelatos listens as she is sentenced to 35 years in prison, Friday, July 17, 2020, in Woodstock, Ill., for beating her five-year-old son to death last year. (John Starks/Daily Herald via AP)

Woman who killed her 5-year-old son gets 35-year prison term

Jul. 17, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois woman who subjected her young son to years of physical and emotional abuse culminating in his beating death last year was on Friday sentenced to 35 years in prison. JoAnn Cunningham pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in December in the killing her son, Andrew...

JoAnn Cunningham closes her eyes as a video recording is played during her sentencing hearing Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Woodstock, Ill. Cunningham pled guilty in December to killing her five-year-old son Andrew

Ill. woman who killed 5-year-old son begs judge for mercy

Jul. 16, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois woman who beat her young son for most of his life and padlocked him in his bedroom where he died alone in the dark, his head bearing the outlines of the shower head she struck him with, on Thursday portrayed herself as a loving mother as she begged for mercy from the...

FILE - In this May 3, 2019, file photo, cars line up as mourners head to visitation services for AJ Freund at Davenport Funeral Home in Crystal Lake, Ill. McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt ruled Tuesday, July 14, 2020, that media must not publish or broadcast images of autopsy photographs of the 5-year-old boy during the sentencing hearing of his mother, who has pleaded guilty in his murder. Wilbrandt agreed with the prosecutor's objection to letting the five photographs or videos to be photographed or shown on television as part of the coverage of JoAnn Cunningham's sentencing that starts Thursday. (Brian Hill/The Daily Herald via AP, File)

Media can't use boy's autopsy photos from mom's sentencing

Jul. 14, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois judge on Tuesday ruled that media must not publish or broadcast images of autopsy photographs of 5-year-old AJ Freund during the sentencing hearing of his mother, who has pleaded guilty in his murder. McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt agreed with the...

Volo Auto Museum owner and director Brian Grams poses with one of the museum's 1969 Dodge Chargers driven in the television series

Museum: 'Dukes of Hazzard' car with Confederate flag to stay

Jul. 6, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

VOLO, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois auto museum has no plan to stop displaying a Dodge Charger from the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show with the Confederate battle flag painted atop the vehicle. Statues of Confederate generals and soldiers are being taken down across the country, NASCAR...

Lawyers discuss Illinois mother's comments in AJ Freund case

Jun. 12, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois woman who pleaded guilty to killing her 5-year-old son made statements during a psychological evaluation that could be beneficial to the defense of the boy’s father, prosecutors said. Lawyers convened Thursday for a short status hearing on the criminal case...