Elzbieta Plackowska Case: Prosecutors want psych exam for mom accused of stabbing son, girl

Elzbieta Plackowska, a 40-year-old Chicago-area woman, is accused in the stabbing deaths of her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl she was babysitting on Oct. 30, 2012. Police arrested her after finding the two children, as well as two dogs, dead at Plackowska's Naperville home. Plackowska has told investigators that the children had been jumping on the bed at the girl's home in Naperville. She ordered them to pray, then stabbed them both dozens of times as they begged for their lives. The Polish immigrant told investigators she killed her son because she was upset with her husband and was grieving her father. She said she killed the girl because she was a witness to her son's death.
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Elzbieta Plackowska
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(CBS) CHICAGO - Elzbieta Plackowska, the Chicago-area woman accused of fatally stabbing her son and a young girl that she was babysitting, appeared in court Thursday after prosecutors requested she undergo a psychological evaluation, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Plackowska, 40, is being held without bond after the killings of her 7-year-old son Justin and 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski at the girl's Naperville townhouse, CBS Chicago reports. She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

According to the Tribune, prosecutors want the exam in preparation for a possible insanity defense. The judge did not make a decision Thursday, scheduling another hearing for next Tuesday.

Prosecutors say that Plackowska stabbed her 7-year-old son, Justin, 100 times and stabbed 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski 50 times.  Two dogs were also found slain inside the home.

Prosecutors say Plackowska gave different reasons for repeatedly stabbing the children, at one point saying she needed to drive the evil out of them, CBS Chicago reports.

Plackowska reportedly said later that she killed Justin because she was angry with her husband, and fatally stabbed Olivia because she had witnessed the attack on her son.

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