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Father of accused murderer's child wanted for skipping court

Daniel Nowicki
Daniel Nowicki

The former fiancé of JoAnn Cunningham, who is charged with murder in connection with her son’s death, is wanted on a $100,000 arrest warrant after missing court Thursday.

Daniel Nowicki has been free on a restricted bond since July, when he completed an inpatient treatment program. While out on bond, Nowicki is barred from committing additional crimes and is required to continue his addiction recovery by attending outpatient services.

He was supposed to make a court appearance Thursday to provide McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge with information about his prescribed medications.

On Aug. 26, Nowicki’s attorney, William Bligh, asked the judge to modify the conditions of Nowicki’s May 22 plea deal. In exchange for Nowicki’s guilty plea to a Dec. 18 battery charge, he was sentenced to two years of probation. As a condition of Nowicki’s probation sentence, he was required to submit to drug screening and take all of his prescribed medications.

Two of those medications, however – Vivitrol and Suboxone – had a bad reaction with one another and left Nowicki “incredibly sick,” Bligh said at an Aug. 26 hearing.

Both Vivitrol and Suboxone are used to treat addiction by blocking the brain’s opioid receptors, according to the medications’ websites.

Nowicki was ordered to bring a doctor’s note to court Thursday with information about medications’ potential side effects. When he didn’t show, however, prosecutors asked to issue a $100,000 warrant for Nowicki’s arrest.

Coppedge already had issued a $50,000 arrest warrant in Nowicki’s name after he missed another court appearance Tuesday.

Bligh has been in contact with Nowicki but did not say Thursday where his client was.

Prosecutors have been trying to revoke Nowicki’s probation since June after he tested positive for cocaine and failed to take all his prescribed medication.

As a result, Nowicki agreed to attended an inpatient treatment program in Waukegan.

Earlier this month, a DNA test determined that Nowicki is the father of the younger sister of slain Crystal Lake boy AJ Freund.

Cunningham, AJ’s mother, gave birth to the girl May 31. The girl and AJ’s younger brother are both in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services while Cunningham and AJ’s father, Andrew Freund Sr., await trial on first-degree murder charges.

A juvenile hearing on both custody matters is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in McHenry County court.

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