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

Authorities shared numerous disturbing details about the murders on Thursday morning, including that Plackowska forced the children to get on their knees and pray before she stabbed them up to 100 times.

Prosecutors said 40-year-old Elzbieta Plackowska told her 7-year-old son Justin and 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski to get on their knees and pray before fatally stabbing both children nearly 100 times.

The two young children pleaded for their lives as the woman killed her son first and then Olivia, stabbing them and slashing their throats, before also stabbing two dogs to death inside a townhouse in the 800 block of Quin Court in Naperville on Tuesday night, prosecutors said.

Plackowska was charged Wednesday night with two counts of first-degree murder. She appeared in DuPage County Court on Thursday morning, where Judge John Kinsella ordered that she be held without bond. Her next court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 21. 

Plackowska was babysitting both children inside the home at the time. She told authorities Justin and Olivia were jumping on the bed in the master bedroom and she became upset when they wouldn’t stop, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin.

“She told Justin and Olivia to get on their knees pray,” Berlin said in a press conference Thursday. “She began stabbing her son Justin and told him he was going to heaven tonight. He pleaded for his life and told her to stop, but she continued stabbing him until he was dead.”

Plackowska then stabbed to death Olivia because she “had seen her kill Justin and needed to kill her as well,” Berlin said.

Covered in blood, Plackowska rushed to her nearby church and then to the 700 block of Violet Circle, a relative's home, who then notified police, Berlin said.

When Naperville police arrived, Plackowska gave officers numerous stories, including that an intruder had entered the townhome on Quin Court and killed both children, according to Berlin. She then told police that the children had evil inside of them and “she was trying to get the evil and devil out of them,” Berlin said.

“She ultimately admitted that she had lied to police with earlier statements,” Berlin added. 

He said 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. She was left to care for Justin and work as a cleaning lady, which she felt was “beneath her,” Berlin said.

“She thought by killing Justin she would make her husband hurt the way she hurt in their relationship,” he added.

At the same time police were questioning Plackowska, they received a call from Olivia’s mother Marta Dworakowski, a nurse, who was concerned about her daughter after she couldn’t contact Plackowska or get into her townhome, Berlin said.

Naperville police then performed a well-being check on the townhome, and forced their way inside, where they found a gruesome and horrific scene, Berlin said.

“Naperville police officers who walked into that house walked into a scene of unimaginable horror,” he said. “Both victims had been stabbed numerous times and their throats and had been slashed.” 

He added that police found two bloody knives, one a steak knife in the kitchen sink and another knife inside Plackowska’s car.

“This tragedy has hit our community hard,” Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall said after the hearing. “A senseless taking of the lives of these two children defies logic.”

Marshall added that crisis management teams have been put in place at Naperville District 203, where Justin attended Scott School, and Indian Prairie District 204, where Olivia attended Brookdale Elementary. Teams are also on hand for police and fire departments.

“We will pull together, grieve the loss of Justin and Olivia and move forward one day at a time," Marshall said.

Caryn Outlaw November 01, 2012 at 05:39 PM
no words.....
Marsha L Hillson Gerace November 01, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Madeline November 01, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Blessings to the children n families.
Lynn J November 01, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Can someone be this evil? She has to be insane.
Andy November 01, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Totally agree! Oh wait... We abolished the death penalty as a state and get to pay for her incarceration/institutionalization for the rest of her life.
Justyce November 01, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Shakin My Head....!!!!!!
Lucy November 01, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Regardless if she gets the death penalty or life in prison, neither sentence will bring these children back. People are so hell bent on having someone executed, and I agree that the anger inside makes you want them to die, but at the same time it won't change anything. THe most important thing is removing her from society, however that is done she needs to be taken out of the everyday world.
Dave Buerstetta November 01, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Andy, it's not as if administering the death penalty was free. In fact, as counter-intuitive as it seems, life in prison actually costs less. Certainly this is about the most evil and heinous crime imaginable and the desire for revenge upon Elzbieta is understandable. I hope she spends the rest of her life in prison. But mostly this story just makes me want to cry and hold our kids.
Pro Life Crusader + November 01, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Trial, conviction and execution!!!!
Tommy O November 01, 2012 at 11:29 PM
How can one use the screen name "Pro Life Crusader +" and then advocate executing anyone?
Pro Life Crusader + November 02, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I fight for innocent slaughtered babies of abortion, but not for the death penalty for a cold blood murderer!
Lisa November 02, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Disgusting heinous act from the devil. How shameful that children die because all they are doing is playing by jumping on the bed. Not to mention I am also an animal rights person and they as well did not deserve to be murdered. I feel so bad for Marta (the Mother) how can her life go on? when everything she had was taken from her by this horrific person. Go back to where you belong HELL!!!!
Dave November 02, 2012 at 02:37 AM
As a Criminology major I feel in my opinion that there had to be a reason behind this horrible murder. I hope that the Naperville Police or Illinois State Police investigate further into this woman's life as to find what drove her to do something this awful. Maybe if they find that then they could prevent future crimes like this.
TR November 02, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Words do not exist, in any language, to describe the horror of this act. I just want to cry thinking of those children begging for their lives and not having a clue why mommy/friend's mommy would do this. This makes me so sick, so completely sick. She is a piece of absolute evil. Oh this makes me so sick.
Pro Life Crusader + November 02, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Dave unfortunately a majority of murders are unpredictable and what's in a persons mind prior to murder.
Pat Ward November 02, 2012 at 05:49 AM
If I saw this woman on the street I would take her out...PERIOD!!
bugged November 02, 2012 at 09:23 AM
she is definitely NOT insane. she told different stories. It is premeditated cold blooded murder. Solitary confinement is the best prison punishment for this type of killer. No books , TV, Radio NOTHING. only herself and her mind ..so that she can think about what she have committed.
Claudine Barnhart November 02, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I totally agree with bugged. Stick her in a cell by herself. Let her live the rest of her life in a hole. The death penalty is an easy way out for her. My mind also keeps going to the place of those two children. I can't imagine what they were thinking. Especially the little girl who had to watch the boy's murder. That poor mother (the girl's mother). My heart breaks for all of those people.
Bridgett November 03, 2012 at 10:44 PM
This was an old neighbor, who would've thought she could commit such an awful crime. Can't judge a book by it's cover for real
Mary November 04, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Horrible, just too horrible for any words.
jen November 05, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Pure evil is that woman. Her punishment should be she is stabbed over 110x. How anyone can do that to a child is beyond me. She isn't insane just a cold hearted evil person!
Mary November 05, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I am extremely saddened by this. I hope that one day Olivia's mother will find peace in her heart. My heart goes out to you. RIP Olivia, Justin and the pups. I hope you all are playing together in heaven. There are no words for your killer may she rot in hell for what she did.
AUSPICIOUS ! November 05, 2012 at 02:35 AM
very saddened, there are truly no words...innocent children and doggies Lord help us sincere heart felt condolences to the families
AUSPICIOUS ! November 05, 2012 at 02:39 AM
vera you cant be serious mr or miss catholic
AUSPICIOUS ! November 05, 2012 at 02:41 AM
yeah right dave, go back to school
AUSPICIOUS ! November 05, 2012 at 02:46 AM
anyone know if she was an immigrant ?
D Smith November 05, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Why would her immigrant status matter? She's not from Mexico. It would only be an issue, if she was from Mexico. She'll be just fine, just like Lemak. Just the (ex)husbands are left to pick up the pieces.
Linda November 07, 2012 at 04:31 PM
And after they find out what drove her to this sad and horrific crime then take her brain out and examine that! I strongly believe that if we had the death penalty, like giviing a shot to the criminal like they do to dogs that are sick, then possibly many of these types of crimes can be avoided. The law is too lenient, especially in the case of murder. My condolences to both families.


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