Elzbieta Plackowska in Court

A Naperville woman accused of murdering her own child and a little girl she was babysitting will have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Judge Robert Kleeman recently granted the motion for the appointment of Dr. Alexander Obolsky, a psychiatrist picked by the prosecution to evaluate Elzbieta Plackowska. Dr. Obolsky is no stranger to the world of court rooms and high profile cases. He recently testified in a case in Lake County involving a young man who was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s mother.

State’s Attorney Robert Berlin says there a reasonable likelihood the defense will raise an insanity plea, therefore he wants Plackowska to be evaluated as soon as possible to make sure he has the most valid assessment of her mental health at the time she committed the crime.

Public Defender Mike Mara says he has no problem with allowing his client to see a psychiatrist, but he just wanted more time to review evidence beforehand. He also says he doesn’t yet know what the plea will be.

Plackowska will be evaluated in jail and the doctor will record the assessment for his use.

She appeared somber in court today, listening to her Polish interpreter. She was also wearing a blue jumpsuit signaling the jail has taken her off suicide watch.

The next court date is set for November 20th where the judge will rule on allowing cameras in the courtroom for her arraignment. That ruling could be historic, her case would be the first in DuPage County to have extended media coverage. Her arraignment is set for the following day on the 21st.


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