Grandma Killed Baby With Sledgehammer and Knife, Prosecutor Says

Judge orders grandmother charged in murder of 6-month-old granddaughter held without bail.

Alfreda Giedrojc, 61, of Oak Lawn, has been charged with murdering her baby granddaughter. Photo Credit: Oak Lawn Police
Alfreda Giedrojc, 61, of Oak Lawn, has been charged with murdering her baby granddaughter. Photo Credit: Oak Lawn Police
updated 4:30 p.m.


The grandmother accused of bludgeoning and slitting the throat of her 6-month-old granddaughter was denied bail during a court hearing in Bridgeview on Monday afternoon.

Alfreda Giedrojc, who turns 62 on Wednesday, shuffled into the courtroom wearing a blue jumpsuit and pink bedroom slippers.

The Oak Lawn grandmother has been charged with first degree murder of her infant granddaughter, Vivian Summers.

A Polish interpreter explained the proceedings to her as Cook County Assistant Prosecutor Mike Deno read the horrific details of Giedrojc's alleged acts, when Oak Lawn police discovered the gravely injured infant in Giedrojc's Oak Lawn home.

Deno said that Giedrojc's son-in-law came from Bolingbrook, left his 6-month-old daughter, Vivian, in his parents-in-law's home in the 6600 block of West 91st Street Sunday morning.

The baby's father left the house with Giedrojc's adult son to go work on a rehab project across the street, the prosecutor said.

A short time later, Giedrojc's father left the home to see what the other men were doing, leaving Vivian alone with her grandmother.

"After the defendant's husband left, the defendant took the victim off the couch where she had been sleeping and put her on the floor," the prosecutor alleged. "She picked up a sledge hammer that she had placed in her closet the night before and hit the victim repeatedly in the head and body with the hammer."

When the baby would not stop moving and crying, Giedrojc went to the kitchen and retrieved a carving knife. The grandmother picked the baby up, held her, and slit her throat, the prosecutor said.

Deno said in court that Giedrojc admitted in a video statement to beating the baby with a sledge hammer and slitting her throat.

The Cook County Medical Examiner gave the cause of Vivian's death as blunt trauma to the head and an inch-sized wound to the neck.

Judge Kerry M. Kennedy ordered the Oak Lawn grandmother to be held without bail.

After the hearing, in a press conference in front of the courthouse, Deno said he would have no further comment on Giedrojc's possible motive or if she had been evaluated for mental illness.

Oak Lawn Police Chief Michael Murray said his officers received a call at 10:46 a.m. Sunday of an armed subject at the home. His officers received further information while en route that a small child had suffered a significant injury.

Murray said information about who placed the 911 call on Sunday morning is part of Oak Lawn Police's investigation reports and would come out during trial.

Giedrojc is due back in court on Oct. 28.

Original story, 12:51 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 --
Authorities have charged a 61-year-old Oak Lawn woman with murder in the death of her 6-month-old granddaughter.

Alfreda Giedrojc, 61, of the 6600 block of West 91st Street, is charged with one count of first degree murder, Oak Lawn police said Monday afternoon.

Oak Lawn police and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force conducted an investigation into the death of a baby girl, named Vivian, on Sunday.

The baby lived with her parents in Bolingbrook, police said. Her father and grandfather had stepped out of the grandparents' Oak Lawn house for a short while, during which time the baby died. Her grandmother does not have any prior criminal convictions, according to authorities.

Giedrojc is due in court in Bridgeview at 1 p.m. today.

Patch will continue to update this story. Follow Oak Lawn Patch on Facebook for continued breaking news. 

Patch editor Nick Swedberg contributed to this report.

Tiffany Dodge Martinkus October 07, 2013 at 06:22 PM
She admitted to doing it you idiots.
CB October 07, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Guys.... the first comments above are off of the original story. Look at the time stamps. The original doesn't say the grandmother confessed. Stop calling names, and stop derailing this article. Something horrible has happened. Hug your children a little extra tonight.
tellthetruth October 07, 2013 at 07:35 PM
"jackie October 07, 2013 at 03:11 PM This is a tragic event; however, how do we know that this was actually her that did this? One of our rights are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Lest us not forget this and stop passing judgment upon this lady. Yes the evidence apparently is stacked against her, but let us all remember to not pass judgment ahead of any trial." you're an idiot, she was the only person in the house with the baby and she later confessed.
Dovette Y. La Frey October 07, 2013 at 07:36 PM
This woman is really out of her mind!!
Joe Kocur October 07, 2013 at 07:37 PM
In my mind this grandmother is stealing air. She should be sent to the gates of hell via electric chair. Now!!
Pamela Baur October 07, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Do people even read the articles they comment on? ..."how do we know that this was actually her that did this?" We know because we read the complete article which clearly stated "Giedrojc admitted in a video statement to beating the baby with a sledge hammer and slitting her throat". So that is how we know...
Valerie Girote Ross October 07, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Please leave the family be . No matter who did it . This is sick to be fighting. A baby is gone. Think about that. Please have at least have respect for the parents and other family.
Oak Lawn Gal October 08, 2013 at 01:33 AM
It's a terrible terrible tragedy. They said on the news tonight that the grandmother suffered from mental illness. My prayers go out to the family and for little Vivian.
Wanda Skinner October 08, 2013 at 04:27 AM
I am sick and tired of allowing these monsters that are demonic beings appearing in human form to be labeled they did this horrific thing because they are mentally ill. If this mad, evil, foul abomination did this she should immediately be put to d e a t h. Satan and his demons are roaming this earth seeking to k i l l and destroy. People need to arm themselves with the word of God.
Darin October 08, 2013 at 08:07 AM
I was thinking the same thing Tiffany...This woman admitted it on video so that is exactly why she is already condemned by society. She is no longer entitled to a fair trial and should be put to death immediately.
ME October 08, 2013 at 08:39 AM
This is the problem with our society. After high school, kids with mental illness, autism, retardation, downs syndrome, or any type of medical, emotional, physical problems are sent out into the world with no clue about how to get along without someone being by their side and guiding them every minute f the day. Some of these people have wonderful families that care for them and will take the time to make sure they take understand how to live life in a world made up of a plethora of nationalities, religions, etc. Unfortunately, most will have no one. This grandmother is the result of that. That is my strong opinion. Every time we hear of a terrible crime like this it is because of some sort of mental illness. Obama needs to do something to take care of the people with chronic illnesses. Spend the money there and not on people who are milking the welfare system. God Bless Baby Vivian. Damn that grandmother to a hellacious life on earth and then in hell with the devil after that. I agree with you Wanda Skinner!
Jim Hampton October 08, 2013 at 09:16 AM
Sharon Bonfitto October 08, 2013 at 09:58 AM
This is the kind of news story we don't even need to see. I am mad at myself for even clicking on the link.
Dominick Palermo October 08, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Sorry ---------- but if it looks like a duck walks like a duck more than likely its a duck
JoeCool October 08, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Suggestion: Next time there is a story of this level, block all comments. They are of no value.
incredibleme October 08, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I first heard this story on the news and was shocked. I just don't know what snapped in this woman(grandmother) to make her do something so unbelievably horrible. An act you cant take back. A forever unjustifiable act. Mental illness, well wouldn't they have known this beforehand. She must have shown some, signs of mental illness. This father seemed confident to leave this baby with these grandparents had they never before. Just something seems off here. The baby on the news, they showed a photo of her with her parents and they all looked so cute and the parents so happy. I am in shock. When you don't think this way its so hard to fathom such rottenness in an individual human being. Horrible. My prayers to the baby and her parents. My god how will they ever live through this. So ,So, sad and horrible to read and have watched on tv.My heart goes out to these parents.
Bob October 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Pray for the family.
Lynn J October 08, 2013 at 07:52 PM
This woman was alone in the house with the baby and admitted on video that she did it. What more proof does anyone need? Do you need to see the horrific crime right before your eyes? My thoughts and prayers are with the parents and the family on the loss of their beloved little one. Horrible tragedy.
jd October 08, 2013 at 08:41 PM
this is a horrible tragedy. clearly the woman was ill. it saddens me that this baby suffered but it could have been prevented and should have been prevented. i know wouldah, shouldah can't bring back that baby or turn the clock back but something should be learned from this. mental illness IS very serious!! you cannot be too careful and take it for granted. just because a patient has not acted out to an extreme does not mean it cannot happen, be it due to lack of medication or just a worsening of their condition...you just never know. and if the family had no means to provide a safe environment there are state facilities that should be available. here is where the learning takes one step further. contact your congressmen and push for reforms. too many damn "mentally ill" prisoners in mental health institutions and too many petty crime offenders filling up jails move the petty offenders out into the military and move the serious offenders out of the mental health hospital and into where they should be! bring about welfare reform and treat these ill people who are out among society posing serious threats to others and themselves! and yes lets pray for the baby the family and such families but wake up! your if your loved one is ill, do something responsible about it or at least try. look what happened at sandy hook.. he was sick! and why didn't the mom do something before it went to far yes we don't know how far it can go... but better safe than sorry :(
D Greg October 08, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Lets hope she gets treated like Otto from "Sons of Anarchy" while in jail. She's evil and deserves to suffer.
Monika Kania October 08, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I give my prayers and thought to the family . Rip little angel . You are in safe place call heaven. Rip baby girl .
Monika Kania October 08, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Pray for the family
Amanda Walsh October 08, 2013 at 11:51 PM
This story is very sad on every level. This women must have been on drugs or something like that to kill the baby. I'm an aunt to a baby girl and a baby boy and I couldn't think of any one doing that to a baby at all. This story made me cry and thank god that know one I know would do something to a child like the women did. I feel sorry for the cops that responded to this women's house. I feel sorry for the baby's parents and her grandpa.
fred October 09, 2013 at 09:12 PM
So this crazed woman raised a daughter and somehow never did harm to her daughter. Then kills her daughter's daughter.
Dan October 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM
this monster should not have been in this country in the first place. another illegal stealing from the state. put her in a wood chipper.
Dan October 10, 2013 at 03:13 PM
u.n. owen,sounds like your sticking up for the baby killer.
Mom October 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM
I'm sure the family were aware that she had mental illness. WHY would they leave their children with her....ALONE da boot? This is a horrific story and the woman needs to suffer! Hope this won't be another case of "insanity" and they put her in an institution so we can pay for her *ss the rest of her sorry life!
Janiel Figueroa February 01, 2014 at 07:56 PM
this bitch should get killed for that shit..you dont do that shit to any child if you cant fucking handle it then call the parents so they can take there kids back -.-
Jordan Maxwell February 06, 2014 at 09:54 PM
@Amanda Walsh. Thank god "know one?" Second, it bothers me that you would go on and on about yourself, and your family when commenting on a tragedy. You are disrespectful and I hope you are ashamed of yourself.
Trish Brennan Bergquist February 07, 2014 at 02:51 PM
@Jordan Maxwell, I understand your frustration with incorrect grammar but the auto-correct function could be to blame and she did not catch it. I think Amanda Walsh was empathizing and attempting to grasp the situation not shining the light of attention onto herself. The situation is an emotional one but I think your hostility might be misplaced.


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