Nabbed for grisly murder, Oak Lawn woman
tells cops she loved
Alfreda Giedrojc sat stoically in a chair Sunday morning, moments after allegedly beating her infant granddaughter to death in her Oak Lawn home, authorities said.
Giedrojc, 62, 6605 W. 91st St., was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at Cook County Jail.
Authorities refused to comment on the motive that led the long-time Oak Lawn resident to kill her six-month-old granddaughter, Vivian Summers, by hitting her repeatedly with a handheld sledgehammer and cutting her throat with a carving knife, police said.
Giedrojc admitted to the murder in a videotaped statement. Police also gathered physical evidence that implicates her, said Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Mike Kaufmann.
Kaufmann, a 28-year veteran of the Oak Lawn police department, said such crimes are typically driven by “plain evil or something with mental health.”Giedrojc did not display any anger, denial or rage during interviews with police, he said.
“She professed love for the child,” Kaufmann said.
Kaufmann said he’s investigated other heinous crimes in Oak Lawn, but few compare to the brutal murder of an infant, he said.
“Everybody can relate to a young, infant baby,” he said. “For all of us, it touches (the) heart.”
The incident took place after Vivian’s father, Joe Summers, of Bolingbrook, brought his infant daughter to Giedrojc’s home.
Summers and the defendant’s adult son went across the street to work on a home rehab project. Giedrojc’s husband, Boleslaw, left the home a short time later to see what the men were doing, leaving Giedrojc alone with Vivian for about 10 minutes, Kaufmann said.
Cook County prosecutors offered details of the alleged homicide Monday afternoon at the courthouse in Bridgeview.
Giedrojc removed Vivian from the couch where she was sleeping, “placed the baby on the floor and retrieved a sledge hammer from a closet, which she had placed there the night before. The defendant then hit the victim repeatedly in the head and body with the sledgehammer,” Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Deno said.
The baby continued to move and cry, leading Giedrojc to retrieve a large carving knife from the kitchen, Deno said.
“The defendant then picked the victim up, held her and then slit her throat with the knife,” he said.
Giedrojc’s husband returned home, saw the incident and called 911.
Police received a call at 10:46 a.m. reporting an armed subject in the home, they said. While en route, officers learned that there was an injured child at the home. Giedrojc was not armed when police arrived, Police Chief Mike Murray said.
Vivian’s father performed CPR until police arrived, Kaufmann said. She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head wounds to the neck.
A Polish immigrant who came to the United States three decades ago, Giedrojc has no criminal record, police said.
Giedrojc is due in court on Oct. 28.