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Police Look Into Child’s Death

Oak Lawn Grandmother Is Charged with Murdering 5-Month-Old

Alfreda Giedrojc, charged with the murder of her 5-month-old granddaughter at her Oak Lawn home on Sunday, was being held in Cermak Hospital, on the grounds of Cook County Jail this week, following a bond hearing at Bridgeview Courthouse on Monday.

At the hearing, Circuit Court Judge Kerry Kennedy denied bond on the first-degree murder charge at the request of prosecutors. Afterward, outside the courthouse, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Deno outlined the case against Giedrojc, of 6605 W. 91st St., who turned 62 on Wednesday.

Deno said that Giedrojc’s son-in-law, Bolingbrook resident Joe Summers, had brought his infant daughter, Vivian Summers, to the grandmother’s house in the 6600 block of West 91st Street on Sunday, while he went across the street to Giedrojc’s son’s house to help with a repair project.

Giedrojc’s husband, Boleslaw, soon followed him across the street to check on the project, leaving her alone with the baby.

The prosecutor said Giedrojc then moved the child off the couch, where she had been sleeping, and placed her on the floor. He said she then retrieved a sledgehammer from a closet, and began hitting the child with it in the head and body. Because the baby was Òstill crying and moving,” he said, Giedrojc got a Òlarge carving knife” from the kitchen and used it to slit the baby’s throat.

The baby was taken by ambulance to Christ Hospital but died a short time later.

Deno said Giedrojc, a native of Poland who has lived in Oak Lawn with her family for more than 20 years, admitted in a videotaped confession that she had placed the sledgehammer in the closet the previous night. He would not speculate whether that meant it was premeditated murder, or about any motive for the crime. She had no previous criminal record.

Oak Lawn police responded to a 911 call from the house at 10:46 a.m. Sunday, which Division Chief Michael Kaufmann said was placed by Giedrojc’s son.

ÒIt is a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” said Oak Lawn Police Chief Michael Murray at the press briefing outside the courthouse. A 26-year veteran, Murray said he could not recall any crime quite this horrific in his career. This was the first murder in three years in Oak Lawn.

ÒThis is going to be a very difficult time for everyone, including our officers and the people who responded to the scene.” He said counseling has been offered to the responding officers and other village employees.

The next court hearing for Giedrojc is set for Oct. 28.

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