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131007203243-alfreda-giedrojc-story-topCHICAGO — Left to babysit her 6-month-old granddaughter, a suburban Chicago woman instead turned on the infant, bludgeoning her and cutting her throat, prosecutors said Monday.

Alfreda Giedrojc is being held without bail after a court appearance Monday afternoon, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. She was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her granddaughter, Simonton said.

The girl’s father brought her to Giedrojc’s home in the southwestern suburb of Oak Lawn on Sunday while he helped with repairs on a nearby home, Simonton told CNN.

“Her father and grandfather had stepped out of the grandparents’ house for a short time when this horrific event took place,” Oak Lawn police said in a written statement on the death.

While her husband was away, Giedrojc laid the child on the floor, pulled a sledgehammer from a nearby closet and swung it down on her head and body several times. She then picked the baby up and used a carving knife to slit her throat when she was still alive, Simonton said.

Oak Lawn Det. Mike Kaufmann said the 61-year-old Giedrojc expressed remorse for the child’s death when questioned, and investigators have found no record of previous arrests or mental illness.

Attempts to reach the public defender assigned to represent Giedrojc were unsuccessful Monday evening.


  • lisa

    Lay her in the floor sledgehammer her and then cut her throat give back as good as she gave that innocent baby. she is evil cold hearted sick and does not deserve life in prison give her the death penalty and get it done now, don’t waste the tax payers dollars on this evil B!@$&

  • Tinker'sMiMi

    There is a special place in hell for people like this woman. I am a grandmother, I don’t get to see my 6mth old granddaughter bc of a disagreement with my daughter, this ‘thing’ was not a grandmother. She didn’t cherish what she had.

      • Rebekah

        It says she has no *record* of mental illness. Anyone with any reasoning abilities whatsoever can see she IS actually mentally ill now. She raised her own child(ren), obviously, without killing them – hence the grandchild – so she’s obviously not just an evil killer. Try using some logic….

    • Lenny F Moses

      she may not go to hell, the baby is in heaven and as crazy as it sounds if you believe in the bible, the grandma can make it right with GOD and she can still get into heaven. thats afterall why Jesus died for ALL OUR SINS, for all have sinned so you may not believe in God or not but if you do and you believe in the bible she maybe forgiven, thats between her and GOD. thats why it says revenge is mine sayeth the LORD………

      • shtiggs

        This is one of many reasons that I cannot believe in any sort of a “god”. I don’t think that we should all jump on the “let’s do the same to her” bandwagon but she does need to be put down, just like a dangerous animal.

      • Jeff

        Lenny, there are no god or gods,, but there are some sick evil people in this world and she is definitely one evil bxxch,,, and needs the same dome to her!!!

  • Lynn

    Hang her in front of the courthouse. Don’t care what issues her public defender comes up with – just be done with these monsters.

    • Janis

      I wouldn’t say that just because they commented on something makes them ignorant. We all have our own opinions about everything but some people may feel the same about your comment making their opinion of you ignorant. I know we have mental illness all around us but I, myself have heard someone say that they could get away with murder or many other things because they are considered to have a “mental illness”. Don’t let people fool you…the excuse of having a mental illness is used for many things such as the situation and for getting drugs or just whatever they get out of.

      • Rebekah

        Janis, I haven’t expressed any opinions here; I have made factual statements based on logic. You are the one being fooled. You think this grandmother just decided out of the blue that she hated this little baby girl and decided with a *rational* mind that she should violently kill her?? If so, your line of thinking is completely irrational.

      • Rebekah

        I would feel crushed into a million pieces, of course. How the child’s mother feels, though, is irrelevant as to whether or not the grandmother is mentally ill. And, remember the grandmother is apparently the child’s mother’s mother, so ya know, she just might have some actual love for her own mother, too, ya think? How would YOU feel if your mother developed a mental illness and hurt someone and everyone was calling for her head on a platter? Would you just turn your back on your own mother and throw her to the mob? Hmm….

  • Letty Stuhldreher

    Do not waste tax payers money on a trial for this monster…death penalty and be done with her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Angel Jones

    If she was mental someone should’ve seen signs, nobody with a heart would ever do something like this to a baby…she should get the death penalty! Put yourself in the parents shoes “Time will never heal this” for them.

  • cora

    has anyone payeed any attention that they saidshe put the slegehammer in the closet the night before . Sheknew what she was doing not mental just evil. I agree she needs not break like life in jail . give her what she gave that baby.

    • Rebekah

      Where did you read that she put the sledgehammer in the closet the night before? I don’t see that in this article. Where was the sledgehammer normally kept?

  • Ruby Walters

    How could grandmother do such thing like that I am a grandmother and agreat grandmother I wouldn’t do nothing like that she needs someone too do the same thing to her what she done to her little grandbaby she is sick.

    • Rebekah

      Aren’t you lucky that you’re not mentally ill? I happen to think you are the sick one to want to murder this obviously ill woman.

  • Monica Renee

    What she did to her granddaughter was cruel, sick, mean, and disgusting. They should give her the death penalty.

  • Max Pardon

    That is bad news, would she do that to the stuffed animals her late granddaughter had. Fathers families always have it tougher with children and accepting the fact the family is theirs and getting bigger in every way.

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