The police responded to a hotline report and found a heavy bruise on AJ's hip in December. First, he told the investigators that the bruise came from the family dog.
An emergency doctor, however, noted that AJ later gave a different reason. "Maybe someone hit me with a belt, maybe Mommy did not want to hurt me," he said in a summary of the report from the Department of Child and Family Services.
The doctor was unable to determine the cause of the bruise, but said it could be from a "dog, belt, or soccer," according to DCFS. The case was closed a month later for lack of evidence.
AJ's body was found wrapped in plastic in a shallow grave on Wednesday. His parents, Andrew Freund Senior, 60, and JoAnn Cunningham, 36, were charged with murder. A pathologist found that he had died of blunt trauma due to trauma.
Calls for Neglect and Maltreatment
The DCFS published a summary of their records, reports and documents showing their interaction with AJ's family. It described numerous encounters with the family, including 17 unannounced visits between June 2015 and March 2016. Back then. The worker has not observed any signs of abuse or neglect.
Last week, DCFS received another phone call from the hotline claiming it had neglect and inadequate oversight at home. The call came on the day AJ's parents reported him missing. The couple's information eventually led to the recovery of his body at Woodstock, about 10 miles from their home in Crystal Lake, police said.
Friday's DCFS report revealed a long history of calls for child helplines with reports of a difficult home, poor living conditions and drug abuse by parents. Some of these calls were older than AJ.
In 2012, DCFS was called twice for Cunningham: once because of the abuse of prescription drugs and the neglect of her foster child, and a second time because of "environmental neglect and harmful environment" for her eldest son. Both reports were considered unfounded and rejected.
Two days after his birth, a hotline report was obtained on Cunningham. Both Cunningham and AJ were tested positive for opiates and benzodiazepines. AJ was taken out of her care, and DCFS took custody of the child.
AJ was returned to the couple eight months later after both parents attended parenting classes and were admitted to a drug treatment program. Authorities have described dog excrement and urine throughout the family home, with broken windows and heavy odor that AJ and his younger brother slept in.
His Last Days
Friend Sr. told a 911 dispatcher that he had put AJ to bed on April 17 and was gone the next morning.
"I came back from the doctor's appointment to check on him to say hello, and he was not there," Freund said to 911. But the police say AJ's parents are being forced AJ reportedly filed a criminal complaint Thursday "stayed in a cold shower for a long period of time and / or beaten."
A pathologist found out that he died of head trauma due to blunt force injuries, a coroner's report said.
Protection of vulnerable children
AJ's younger sister was in the house until this week, but lives Now with another family, DCFS spokesman Jassen Strokosch said.
. DCFS said it would investigate the treatment of cases involving AJ's family. One caseworker and one supervisor were transferred to the administrative service without responsibility for casework during the review. The agency said it will also review any cases handled by the two employees.
"As we move forward, we will be fully transparent with the public as we seek to address possible shortcomings in this incident and understand how we can better serve the endangered children and families of the state," said DCFS published summary on Friday.
"The protection of vulnerable children who are aware of us is at the heart of our mission at DCFS," said DCFS Deputy Director, Marc Smith. "We all feel this loss, our priority is the care and safety of Andrew's younger siblings."
Ray Sanchez, Eric Levenson, Faith Karimi and Holly Yan of CNN contributed to this report.