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Oak Lawn woman pleads not guilty in infant’s death

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Alfreda Giedrojc / photo from Oak Lawn Police

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Updated: December 16, 2013 6:25AM

The attorney for an Oak Lawn woman, accused of killing her infant granddaughter, said he’s not sure if he will use the insanity defense during her murder trial.

“It’s too early to tell. She just got arraigned,” Cook County Assistant Public Defender Michael Wilson said Thursday when asked if he would plead insanity on behalf of his client.

Alfreda Giedrojc, 62, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly using a sledgehammer and carving knife to kill her granddaughter, Vivian Summers, on Oct. 6 at her home, 6605 W. 91st St.

Wilson discussed Giedrojc’s case outside a courtroom at the county courthouse in Bridgeview, minutes after he entered a plea of not guilty for her.

“The state may come with an offer (to plea bargain). I don’t know. It’s too early. We’ve got a while to go,” Wilson said.

Giedrojc is being held at the county jail without bail, given the heinous nature of the crime and the victim’s age.

Asked if Giedrojc has talked about her granddaughter, Wilson had no comment. He also had nothing to say about any discussions he may have had with her family.

“I don’t know anything, and I wouldn’t talk about it if I did,” he said. “Come back next month.”

Police said Giedrojc, a mother of four, was caring for 5-month-old Vivian while the baby’s father, Joe Summers, of Bolingbrook, was across the street helping his brother-in-law with a home improvement project.

Giedrojc’s husband, Boleslaw, had gone across the street to help, leaving her alone with the baby, according to police.

Giedrojc used a sledge hammer she had placed in a closet the night before and began striking the baby, who was lying on the living room floor, and then attacked the baby with the knife, according to prosecutors. They have said they have a videotaped confession from Giedrojc.

On Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Colleen Hyland granted Wilson’s request to have an interpreter present during his meetings with his client.

“Otherwise, we can’t effectively represent her. She doesn’t speak English, not well enough to participate,” Wilson said.

An interpreter was present Thursday, as she has been at every court appearance by Giedrojc. No family members attended the arraignment.

Giedrojc was born in Poland and came to the United States 30 years ago. She and her husband, who is retired, have lived in Oak Lawn for 20 years.

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