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  • 5-Year-Old A.J. Freund Died From Repeated Blows to the Head in Fatal Beating, Coroner Says

    Scott Olson/GettyAndrew “A.J.” Freund, the 5-year-old Illinois boy whose body was found Wednesday morning in the woods, was forced into a cold shower “for an extended period of time” before he was beaten “repeatedly” to death by his parents on April 15, prosecutors allege. He died as a result of “craniocerebral trauma” caused by “multiple blunt force injuries,” the McHenry County Coroner's office announced Thursday. Nine days after his murder, the missing toddler’s body was found wrapped in plastic and buried in a shallow grave about seven miles away from his Crystal Lake home. The toddler’s parents, 36-year-old JoAnn Cunningham, who is currently pregnant, and 60-year-old Andrew Freund Sr., were arrested and charged hours after the Wednesday discovery with first-degree murder, aggravated battery, domestic battery, and failure to report a missing child or child death. Freund Sr. was also charged with concealment of a death.“It was apparent to me that nobody was going to sleep and nobody will sleep until justice is brought for AJ. This is the beginning of that process,” said FBI Agent Jeffrey Sallet at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.The couple appeared at McHenry County Circuit Court on Thursday morning, wearing orange prison jumpsuits as Judge Robert A. Wilbrandt set their bond at $5 million each. Both were represented by public defenders, who did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment.Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint that three days before the 5-year-old’s parents reported him missing, he was forced into the shower and then “struck” to death.Local, state, and federal authorities launched a multi-county search for the little boy, finally finding his body after the couple was confronted with cell-phone evidence, Crystal Lake Police Chief Jim Black told The Daily Beast on Thursday. Search crews recovered the toddler’s body in the woods and technicians immediately removed evidence from the family’s home, including a child’s mattress and a shovel. “To A.J.’s family, it is my hope that you may have some solace knowing that A.J. is no longer suffering, and his killers have been brought to justice,” Black said Wednesday. “To A.J., we know you’re at peace playing in heaven’s playground, and are happy you no longer have to suffer.”According to Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) records, A.J. was born in 2013 with “opiates in his system,” and was removed from his parents’ custody a month later. He was placed in foster care, records show, for two years before he was returned to Cunningham and Freund Sr. in June 2015. Twice last year, DCFS caseworkers were called to the Freund home to investigate separate allegations of neglect, but both were “determined to be unfounded,” a spokesperson said Thursday. In December, when police called the agency after Cunningham was arrested on a misdemeanor traffic charge, authorities documented “significant problems” with the couple’s “cluttered” and “dirty” home, including an “overwhelming” “smell of feces” in the toddlers’ bedroom, documents show. Crystal Lake Police also confirmed officers visited the home, which is an hour outside of Chicago, about 10 times over the past five years, and often noted the poor condition of the house in their reports. “This news is heartbreaking. Protecting vulnerable children who come to our attention is at the core of our mission at DCFS. All of us feel this loss,” Marc Smith, acting director of DCFS, said in a statement obtained by The Daily Beast. “Our priority is the care and safety of Andrew’s younger sibling.”A DCFS spokesman confirmed Thursday that the couple’s younger son, 3-year-old Parker, has been placed in protective custody.Cunningham and Freund are scheduled to appear in court on April 29. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

  • 'Frontier Airlines is DEAD WRONG FOR THIS!': Mom arrested after dispute over vomit on daughter's plane seat

    "What really hurt me is for my child to see me getting handcuffed and taken away from her," Rosetta Swinney said.

  • Jim Carrey Raises Questions About Joe Biden in New Political Cartoon

    Joe Biden has officially tossed his hat into the ring for the 2020 presidential election - and Jim Carrey has a couple of questions.Actor/artist Carrey unveiled his latest political artwork on Thursday, after former vice president Biden announced his bid for the presidency, raising a couple of questions. And one of those questions was pretty fishy.Carrey also served up a little bit of wordplay, and an apparent nod to “The Godfather.”Also Read: Jim Carrey Goes 'Lord of the Flies' on Trump in Latest Political ArtworkIn his Thursday post, Carrey asked, “Are Democrats just Biden their time?”The accompanying artwork offered a variation on the “Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes” scene from “The Godfather.”And, in case there’s any doubt, no - sleeping with the fishes is not a good thing, no matter how enchanting the prospect may sound.Also Read: Jim Carrey Sees Red Over Attorney General William Barr in Latest ArtworkCarrey’s artwork re-created the “Godfather” scene in black and white, though the fish was wrapped in an American flag rather than a bulletproof vest in this version.“Will Old Glory sleep with the fishes?” text in the illustration asked.See Carrey’s latest below.Are Democrats just Biden their time? Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) April 25, 2019Read original story Jim Carrey Raises Questions About Joe Biden in New Political Cartoon At TheWrap

  • Congo park ranger tells of taking viral selfie with gorillas

    A park ranger in Congo has described how he captured a selfie with two gorillas that went viral. Mathieu Shamavu, a ranger at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo, said he was checking his phone when he noticed two female orphaned gorillas, Ndakazi and Ndeze, mimicking his movements, so he took a picture with them. The gorillas look as if they're posing for the camera and when Shamavu posted the picture on social media on Saturday it quickly clocked up thousands of likes and comments.

  • Selena Gomez Just Gave This Insta-Famous Leopard Skirt Her Stamp of Approval

    Ahead of California's WE Day celebration, Selena Gomez was spotted wearing a tie-dye t-shirt and a leopard Réalisation Par skirt.

  • Amazon to give Prime customers one-day shipping, cutting free delivery time in half Inc. expects to improve the delivery times for customers who sign up for its Prime subscription program, cutting free deliveries to one day instead of two, an executive said Thursday afternoon. In a conference call related to Amazon's (AMZN) quarterly earnings report, Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky explained that the company expects profit to take a hit in the second quarter as Amazon ramps up the change to its Prime program. “We're currently working on evolving our Prime free two-day shipping program to be a free one-day shipping program,” Olsavsky said, adding that Amazon expects to spend $800 million this quarter to make the change.

  • 13-year-old girl dies after being placed on life support two days after attack outside middle school

    Middle School student, Kashala Francis, told her mother, Mamie Jackson, that on Thursday she was attacked by two girls after school and at some point, a third girl jumped in and kicked her in the head.