Prosecutors: Grandmother Used Sledgehammer, Knife to Kill Infant

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Grandmother Alfreda Giedrocz stood impassively in a courtroom Monday, glancing from her Polish translator to the judge as prosecutors described how they believe the 61-year-old brutally murdered her infant grandchild with a sledgehammer and a carving knife.


Alfreda Giedrojc, 62, was charged with first-degree murder in her granddaughter’s Vivian death. ( Oak Lawn Police Department / October 7, 2013 )

Five-month-old Vivian Summers lay on the couch in the living room of her grandparents’ tidy ranch house in southwest suburban Oak Lawn on Sunday morning.  The infant had been dropped off by her father, Giedrocz’s son-in-law, who was helping Giedrocz’s son work on his house across the street. Giedrocz’s husband, Bill, went over to check on their progress, leaving Giedrocz alone with the child, Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Deno said.

Then, Deno said, Giedrocz went to a closet and pulled out a sledgehammer she had placed there the night before.

“The defendant then hit the victim repeatedly in the head and body with the sledgehammer,” Deno said. “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.”

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