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AJ Freund's mother faces up to 60-year prison term in murder of 5-year-old

CHICAGO - The night that 5-year-old AJ Freund was reported missing, police said, they noticed that the door to his room locked from the outside with a sliding chain. The windows were screwed shut. Inside the room were mouse droppings.

His mother, JoAnn Cunningham, claimed she put her son to bed the night before, and the next morning he was gone.

She had actually beaten AJ to death days earlier, prosecutors said.

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