The Oak Lawn grandmother facing first-degree murder charges in her infant granddaughter’s death was back in court this week for another status hearing.
Alfreda Giedrojc, 62, is alleged to have bludgeoned and slit her 6-month-old granddaughter, Vivian Summers’ throat after she was left alone to care for the baby in her Oak Lawn home on Oct. 6, 2013.
A psychiatric evaluation of the woman was ordered in December, after her assistant public defender, Michael Wilson, expressed a “bonafide doubt” about the grandmother’s competency to stand trial.
When attorneys and Giedrojc met again on Jan. 29, it was learned that the Cook County Forensic Clinical Services never received the court order.
On Thursday, Giedrojc was back in Judge Colleen Hyland’s courtroom at Bridgeview. Wilson asked for more time in order to thoroughly examine the woman, the SouthtownStar reported.
Wilson told the judge that he’s given the psychiatrists a list of people they need to talk to.
“It’s a very complicated case. We have a dead child. You don’t rush through these things,” Wilson told SouthtownStar reporter Steve Metsch after the brief hearing. “You see the state isn’t rushing us. ... We’re not going to set any speed records in this case.”
Cook County prosecutor Michael Deeno also expressed the need to be thorough, stating that the request for more time “wasn’t unusual.”
The results of the exam are due at Giedrojc’s next court hearing on April 22.
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