Chicago Woman Challenging Ruling in Her Murder of 5-Year-Old Son

Chicago Woman Challenging Ruling in Her Murder of 5-Year-Old Son

CHICAGO (AP) – A suburban Chicago woman who pleaded guilty in her 5-year-old son’s death is challenging her conviction and 35-year sentence.

JoAnn Cunningham said she had postpartum depression and psychosis when she killed her son.
The Crystal Lake woman claimed in her petition for post-conviction relief that she did not receive adequate counsel.

She claimed to have been seeing demons and believed her son was possessed by a demon, and said she sought an exorcism from a priest, a chaplain and AJ’s father, The Northwest Herald reported.

If relief is granted, it could result in Cunningham’s guilty plea and sentence being set aside and a date could be set for a new trial.