Cops: Grandmother Kills Baby With Sledgehammer
Horrific murder near Chicago
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
A police photo of Alfreda Giedrojc.   (Oak Lawn Police Department)

(Newser) – “I have never seen anything like this," says the Oak Lawn police chief in suburban Chicago. The case he's referring to makes for grim reading: Police say a 61-year-old woman killed her 6-month-old granddaughter with a sledgehammer and a knife, reports CBS Local. Alfreda Giedrocz is charged with first-degree murder, and police haven't speculated about a motive. The Tribune says she "stood impassively" in court yesterday and needed help understanding the proceedings from a Polish translator. She is a naturalized citizen who has lived in the US since 1983.

The slaying happened Sunday morning. Police say the baby's father, Giedrocz's son-in-law, dropped off the infant, then went across the street with Giedrocz's husband to work on the home of the Giedroczs' son. Left alone with the baby, the grandmother retrieved a sledgehammer she had placed in a closet the previous day, say authorities. "The defendant then hit the victim repeatedly in the head and body with the sledgehammer," says a state attorney. She then used a kitchen knife to cut the child's throat, he says.

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Oct 9, 2013 9:25 PM CDT
To Mat389u---What in the world are you saying? The child should have been aborted so it didn't get murdered by the sick and evil grandmother? What a stupid statement!! Mothers who abort their babies usually have severe emotional problems AFTER they abort their babies. I happen to know some mothers who have had them. Even though the baby is no longer there, they still are haunted by what they have done. Though a mother may wonder how their child is when adopted they don't have to live with the thought that not only they no longer have the child but that they murdered it as well. So give me a break with the stupid statement!
Oct 9, 2013 11:33 AM CDT
that`s a whole new level of evil and depravity !
Oct 9, 2013 7:32 AM CDT
What in God's Name was she thinking?