Naperville Babysitter Pleads Not Guilty in Child Slayings

Elzbieta Plackowska, 40, pleads not guilty on 10 counts of first-degree murder for the alleged stabbing deaths of her 7-year-old son Justin and 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski and 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

In a historic court hearing Wednesday, in which cameras were allowed inside a DuPage County courtroom for the first time, a Naperville woman's attorney entered a plea of not guilty for her in the stabbing deaths of two young children.

Elzbieta Plackowska, 40, did not speak during the hearing and was dressed in a dark blue jail uniform facing Judge Robert Kleeman with her back to the cameras. The hearing itself was short, lasting around 5 minutes.  

Plackowska was indicted Nov. 15 on five counts of first-degree murder for the alleged stabbing deaths of her 7-year-old son Justin Plackowska and five counts of first-degree murder for the death of 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski.

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The indictment also alleges two counts of aggravated cruelty for allegedly stabbing to death two family dogs, a mixed breed, Niki, and a dachshund named Tootsie, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney.

Plackowska's attorney Michael Mara entered a not guilty plea for her on all 12 counts. 

Both children were found stabbed to death on the night of Oct. 30 when Plackowska was babysitting them inside a townhouse in the 800 block of Quin Court in Naperville, prosecutors said.

On the night of Oct. 30, when Plackowska was brought in for questioning after the murders, she told police that the children had evil inside of them and she was trying to get the evil and devil out of them. 

Plackowska then told police she was angry with her husband because he was gone most days working as a truck driver and did not appreciate her.

Plackowska's next court hearing is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 4. If convicted, she faces a mandatory sentence of natural life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney.

Full Coverage on Naperville Patch: 

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New Judge Assigned for Naperville Mom Accused of Stabbing Kids to Death

Court Denies Bond for Naperville Mom Accused of Stabbing Children to Death

Police Charge Naperville Mom With Murder in Stabbing Deaths of Children

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Police Find 2 Children Stabbed to Death in Naperville Home

Lundie Pinner November 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Expected. Insanity is the only thing that makes sense.
Despiser of Obama November 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
She wasn't insane.
Marsha L Hillson Gerace November 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Reinstate the death penalty!
Dave D November 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Not guilty !?!?!? Are you kidding me???? I suppose her story is the dogs did it and she had to take them out to save the rest of us. This nut case is definitely deserves the death penalty.
D.DouglasThomas November 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Agree with Marsha L Hillson Gerace
Despiser of Obama November 21, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Better yet a sniper shot! Problem solved.
The Sentinel November 22, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I agree also.
The Sentinel November 22, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Obviously Adam you don't believe in the death penalty. Well, we do and that doesn't make us "monsters". We are entitled to voice our opinions, same as you.
The Sentinel November 22, 2012 at 03:12 PM
As far as a "not guilty" plea goes, as someone here said already, it's expected. Even if the crime is on film, hardly anyone pleads "guilty" right off the bat. Once the "not guilty" starts looking like it isn't going to last in court, the lawyer will change it "not guilty due to temporary insanmity", In the end the taxpayers are going to wind up paying for her welfare and health for the rest of her life, just llike the rest of the murderers we have stacking up in IL prisons. In the meantime, those two kids are still going to be dead.
Joe R. November 24, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Yeah, the death penalty will solve everything. Let's put to death everyone who commits a crime. The deterrent has worked so well in the past right? Yes, a horrible crime, but if you think that killing another person (who is apparently mentally ill) is a solution to something, you are kidding yourself. And for the prison cost naysayers, just remember it is our litigious society that is obsessed with incarcerating people for even the smallest crimes. If we had a more progressive view on the justice system, there would be more than enough resources to deal with persons like Plackowska. But go ahead, for those with your blood lust, light your torches, wait till the sun goes down then head down your streets looking for witches. I seriously doubt that you are going to change your minds regardless of what you read. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/sep/21/death-penalty-statistics-us http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_incarceration_rate http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/world/americas/23iht-23prison.12253738.html
Barbara Wynn November 24, 2012 at 08:19 PM
aying people are bloodthirsty is a cop out. Paying for criminals to sit on their butt leaching off the very people they commited the crime on, that's criminal. I think that money would better be spent on schools, hospitals, college, welfare, and so on. Death of a murderer is not a crime. It is sick that we feed, clothed, cable, and house them. I think prison should be uncomfortable. They should work for their keep. I think that comforts should not exist. They are in jail paying for their crime. I don't agree with white collar prisons either. Prison should be hard. Inmates should work for their time. No more handouts.
The Sentinel November 24, 2012 at 09:56 PM
"Apparently metnlly ill", Joe? I see. So you've talked to her? You've tested her? You think every person who commits a crime such as this just HAS to me mentally ill? I'll bet the rent that she's as sane as you think you are. And as far as you thinking the death penalty hasn't worked...well, pparently having NO death penalty hasn't worked either judging from the rising number of inmates who have killed someone yet continue to live off the public taxes. Yup, I DO say "bring back the death penalty". Give 'em ONE appeal...fail that, fry 'em.
Joe R. November 25, 2012 at 08:08 AM
>> Yup, I DO say "bring back the death penalty". >> Give 'em ONE appeal...fail that, fry 'em. Your humanity is overwhelming.
The Sentinel November 25, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Gee, thanks. Thank very much. One reason why I love Texas so much is because they have an express lane to the electric chair. And as far as my "humanity" goes, one appeal is one more than the murderers give their victims. Fry 'em.
The Sentinel November 25, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I'm sorry Tommy but my "fry 'em" shows neither a lack of respect for life NOR is there any glee. It shows my complete and utter lack of respect for the lives of murderers. I have always believed that if you take a life by murdering, you should be ready to lose your own life through a death penalty. I also thought "sniper shot" was uncalled for and I do not subscribe to that way of thinking. The death penalty WOULD be a better deterrent than life in prison if not for the endless appeals process. The victims get NO sppeal...they're just still dead.


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