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Misplaced Court Order Holds Up Grandma’s Psych Evaluation, Attorney Says

Attorney for grandma accused of killing infant granddaughter says losing stuff in the Cook County court system "happens."

Alfreda Giedrojc, 61, of Oak Lawn, has been charged with murdering her baby granddaughter. Photo Credit: Cook County Sheriff
Alfreda Giedrojc, 61, of Oak Lawn, has been charged with murdering her baby granddaughter. Photo Credit: Cook County Sheriff

Alfreda Giedrojc, the Oak Lawn woman accused of murdering her infant granddaughter, was back in a Bridgeview courtroom on Wednesday morning.

The 62-year-old grandmother’s attorney told the judge a psychiatric evaluation did not take place as requested because Cook County Jail officials said they never received the court order.

Giedrojc was charged with first-degree murder after her 6-month-old granddaughter was found bludgeoned with a sledgehammer and her throat slit in Giedrojc’s home last October, prosecutors allege.

Police said Giedrojc admitted to the crime in a videotaped statement at the Oak Lawn police station the afternoon of Oct. 6, 2013.

The grandmother, who does not speak English and requires the services of a Polish interpreter during court appearances, allegedly told police she had hidden a hammer in a closet the night before the baby was killed.

Her attorney, assistant public defender Michael Wilson, has since expressed a “bonafide doubt” about the grandmother’s competency to stand trial when he requested the psychiatric evaluation last month.

Cook County prosecutor Michael Deeno verified that a court order had been placed.

“I called clinical services but they never received it,” Deeno said.

Judge Colleen Hyland told both attorneys that she expected the psychiatric evaluation to be completed by Giedrojc’s next court hearing on March 6.

The forensic clinical evaluation will take place on the 10th floor of the Leighton Criminal Courts Building at 26th and California.

Carrying two pairs of the grandmother’s prescription glasses in a sealed plastic bag out of the courtroom, Wilson blamed the snafu on bureaucracy.

“They didn’t get it. It happens,” Wilson said. “Sometimes you send stuff and you don’t have it. It’s a bureaucracy.”

Asked if Giedrojc had been without her prescription eyewear all this time in jail, Wilson said family members had given the two pairs to the prosecutor.

“[The jail] takes care of that,” he said.

Police reports and morgue photos have been exchanged, Wilson confirmed. He has also filed court orders for Giedrojc’s medical and hospitalization records as she awaits trial in the women’s dorm at Cook County Jail.

Similar requests have gone out for interviews with the Oak Lawn woman’s immediate family and a court-appointed Polish interpreter.

“We defend people’s rights, not their lifestyles, ” Wilson said. “All murders are different. Nobody wins in a murder trial, especially when it involves family. Our purpose is to see that she gets a fair trial.”

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Dan January 30, 2014 at 08:12 AM
dickie, did grandma tell you she sorry for killing baby?
Honestly IPO January 30, 2014 at 09:54 AM
If I understand article psych eval not done and public defender waits till actual day in court to say something? Why didn't he notify the court a week ago? Why does this woman have a public defender?? That's a pretty nice house they removed the poor innocent baby from. Make her sell her house, she can then afford to hire her own attorney.
Azetbur January 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM
I don't understand why a psych exam isn't automatic as part of the medical exam. Don't they do any sort of medical exam as part of "intake" to determine if there is a contagious disease, such as tuberculosis? If medical personnel have reason to suspect tuberculosis, I doubt they need a court order to get a chest X-ray. Wouldn't even non-medical personnel just look at her booking photo and say "don't take off the shackles until she has a psych eval" ?
Dan January 31, 2014 at 11:35 AM
glenda, it was not her house. she was living with family members. they should have made her live in the garage.
Honestly IPO February 01, 2014 at 11:56 AM
She shouldn't live anywhere.

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