A Chicago grandmother is accused of killing her 6-month-old granddaughter with a sledgehammer and a carving knife, according to police.
Alfreda Giedrojc, 61, was supposed to be babysitting Vivian Summers, whose father dropped her off on Sunday morning, said Assistant State Attorney Michael Deno.
Giedrojc’s husband went across the street to visit another relative, and while he was gone she retrieved a sledgehammer from a closet. She allegedly placed the baby on the floor and bludgeoned her. When the still-conscious baby cried, she allegedly slit her throat.
“The defendant then hit the victim repeatedly in the head and body with the sledgehammer,” Deno said Monday in court. “Since the victim was still crying and moving, the defendant then went to the kitchen and retrieved a large carving knife.”
“The defendant then picked the victim up, held her and then slit her throat with the knife,” he added.
The baby was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center and was pronounced dead just before 2 p.m.
Prosecutors say Giedrojc put the sledgehammer in the closet the night before.
Deno told the judge that Giedrojc admitted to the murder in a videotaped confession.
Giedrojc was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. She is being held without bond at the Cook County jail.
According to Huffington Post, Giedrojc has no criminal record and no history of mental illness.
“Never in my life would I ever have believed this could happen,” neighbor Carrie Lynn Hennessy told the Chicago Tribune. “You have to just pray for the whole family.”
"I have never seen anything like it. It’s a tragedy," said Oak Lawn Police Chief Mike Murray said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. This is going to be a very difficult time for everyone, including our officers and the people who responded to the scene.”
Murray noted that officers who responded to the scene have been offered counseling.