Woman sentenced to life in prison for child murders

WHEATON — A suburban Chicago woman has been sentenced to natural life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 2012 fatal stabbings of her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl she was caring for.

A judge sentenced Elzbieta Plackowska Friday. She was convicted in September of the killings and for fatally stabbing her dachshund, Tootsie, along with the mixed-breed dog, Nicki, that belonged to the little girl’s family.

During trial, defense attorneys argued Plackowska was suffering from a psychotic episode when she killed the children on Oct. 30, 2012, inside the girl’s home in Naperville. They say she wouldn’t have killed the children if she was aware of what she was doing.

But prosecutors say her comments to investigators following her arrest indicated otherwise.
The 45-year-old woman has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail since the killings.

The killings took place at the Quin Court condo where the 5-year-old, Olivia Dworakowski,  lived  with her mother. On the night of the murders, Plackowska had brought the children to a church service, where a priest said she seemed agitated. She then took the  kids to her apartment to pick up her dog and returned to the condo.

After the killings, Plackowska returned to the church and used a cellphone to leave a voicemail for the priest she spoke to earlier that evening. The blood-covered Plackowska then met her elder son at friend’s home. He called the police and his mother was arrested.

Life in prison was the maximum sentence allowed under Illinois law. R.

— with Associated Press reports

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