A grandmother in Oak Lawn, Illinois has been accused of killing her infant granddaughter. On Oct. 9 it was reported that Alfreda Giedrojc, 61, used a sledgehammer and knife to kill the baby. She has been arrested and is being held without bond in a hospital in the area (she is being kept under medical observation).
This sounds like it was a pre-planned attack as Giedrojc reportedly placed the sledgehammer in a nearby closet the day before using it to kill the 6-month-old. When the repeated strikes with the sledgehammer left the baby crying, Giedrojc grabbed a knife and slit the infant's throat. The baby was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. It is unclear how police were alerted to the situation or how the infant was discovered.
Neighbors in the area were shocked to hear what happened. They say that Giedrojc was always friendly and no one had any reason to believe that she was a violent or mentally unstable person.
Giedrojc has been charged with first degree murder.
© Effie Orfanides 2013