A Naperville mother is being held without bond for two counts of first-degree murder. 40-year-old Elzbieta Plackowska appeared in court for the October 30th stabbing of her 7-year-old son Justin and 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski, whom she was babysitting.
“The senseless taking of the lives of these two children defies logic,” said Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall. “Our community is grieving. Naperville is resilient and solid and has gone through tough times before. We will grieve together the lives of Justin and Olivia and move forward one day at a time.”
Plackowska told investigators several stories. She first said an unknown intruder had broken into her home and killed the kids. She later changed her story, saying she had heard voices from the devil and killed them to save them.
Finally, she admitted she had killed Justin to get back at her husband, a truck driver often on the road.
“She did not feel that he truly appreciated how fine of a wife and mother she was,” said Bob Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney. “She told the detectives that she thought by killing Justin, she would make her husband hurt the way she hurt in their relationship.”
Justin and Olivia had been jumping on the bed when Plackowska told them to get on their knees and pray, telling Justin he was going to heaven tonight. Both children pled for their lives before they were stabbed, Justin as many as 100 times, Olivia up to 50. Two dogs were also stabbed to death.
“When the police asked her specifically why it was that she killed Olivia, she stated that Olivia was there and had seen her kill Justin and she needed to kill Olivia as well,” said Berlin.
After the stabbing, Plackowska fled to Elizabeth Seton church, then to a home on Violet Circle.
Police found the grisly scene at 888 Quin Court after getting two calls, one from Olivia’s mother Marta, who couldn’t find her daughter, and another from the Violet Circle location.
“The Naperville police officers who walked into that house walked into the scene of unimaginable horror,” said Berlin.
“In all my years in law enforcement, this is the most gruesome and horrific crime scene that I have seen,” said Marshall.
Justin went to District 203’s Scott Elementary School and Olivia was a kindergartner at District 204’s Brookdale Elementary. Both school districts are saddened by the loss of a student.
“The loss of a child at any time is a tragic and upsetting event, “ said Dan Bridges, Superintendent of School District 203. “Not only for a school, or one school district, but for an entire community.”
Both districts have grief counselors on hand.
Plackowska will appear in court on November 21st.
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