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Video of beaten 5-year-old AJ Freund on mom's phone helped crack case, authorities say

CHICAGO - A video of a badly beaten 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy on his mother's cellphone helped crack the investigation into his killing, according to court documents.

The video on JoAnn Cunningham's phone, taken more than a month before Andrew "AJ" Freund's death, showed the boy had severe bruising on his face and body, and was berated for urinating in his bed, the documents alleged. And his mother allegedly searched online for "child cpr" the night of AJ's death, the documents indicated.

AJ's father, Andrew "Drew" Freund,

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