Oak Lawn grandmother accused of killing granddaughter still waiting evaluation
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org January 29, 2014 4:52PM
Alfreda Giedrojc | Oak Lawn Police photo
Updated: March 3, 2014 4:06PM
Chalk it up to Cook County bureaucracy or someone simply not paying attention.
Whatever the reason, the court-ordered psychiatric evaluation for an Oak Lawn grandmother accused of murdering her infant granddaughter was not done, attorneys for the prosecution and defense told Judge Colleen Hyland on Wednesday at the Bridgeview courthouse. As a result, it’s not yet been determined if Alfreda Giedrojc, 62, is fit to stand trial on the charge of first-degree murder for the Oct. 6 slaying of Vivian Summers.
Giedrojc is charged with using a sledgehammer and then a carving knife to kill the 6-month-old baby on a Sunday morning in her home in the 6600 block of 91st Street while her husband and the baby’s father were across the street working on a home repair job at her adult son’s house.
Hyland scheduled an update for March 6, at which time it’s hoped that the psychiatric evaluation will have been completed.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Deeno told Hyland that the order was issued for the evaluation shortly after the last hearing in the case on Dec. 17. But Forensic Clinical Services, at the Cook County Jail at 26th Street and California Avenue in Chicago, said it never got the order, Deeno said in court.
Assistant Public Defender Michael Wilson took the setback in stride.
“It happens. It’s bureaucracy. I’m going to fax them another order, and then I’m going to take a copy to them personally. Sometimes, I’ve brought things myself and they didn’t get them,” Wilson said. “It happens.”
Deeno handed Wilson a plastic bag that contained two pairs of eyeglasses for Giedrojc, given to Deeno by her family members, Wilson said. Giedrojc has been in the jail since her arrest.
“She is doing OK. When you do your time, you’ve got to go day by day,” he said.
Giedrojc wore jail-issued blue coveralls and blue sneakers topped with a dark blue jacket with “DOC,” short for Department of Corrections, in large white block letters on the back. A Polish interpreter explained to her what the judge and attorneys said.
“All murders are difficult to deal with because somebody lost their life. And they’re family,” Wilson said. “You just don’t tread on the fact that victims have feelings.”
No family members attended Wednesday’s status hearing.
Wilson is in the process of discovery, meaning he is reviewing evidence he’s received from the state’s attorney and from the Oak Lawn police.
“A lot of times you get different things,” he said, adding that items from the police are not always what he gets from the state’s attorney’s office.
Deeno was not available for comment after Wednesday’s hearing.