Prosecutors want Naperville murder suspect examined by psychiatrist
BY DAN ROZEK Sun-Times Media November 7, 2012 10:36PM
DuPage County prosecutors want a judge to require Naperville double-murder suspect Elzbieta Plackowska be examined by a psychiatrist — a signal they believe she likely will raise an insanity defense.
Prosecutors are expected on Thursday to formally ask Judge Robert Kleeman to order the psychiatric evaluation for the 40-year-old Naperville babysitter charged last week with brutally stabbing two young children.
In a separate action, Plackowska’s attorney also has filed a request seeking to have another mental health expert evaluate her.
Plackowska is accused of killing her 7-year-old son, Justin, and 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski while she was caring for them on Oct. 30 at the girl’s Naperville townhouse.
Kleeman could rule on both requests Thursday when Plackowska, who is being held without bail, appears in court.
Kleeman also may consider a media request to allow cameras in the courtroom during Plackowska’s legal proceedings. If that request is granted, Plackowska’s case would be the first one televised and photographed in the Chicago area following an Illinois Supreme Court decision to allow broader media coverage of court hearings.
Plackowska allegedly told police she attacked the children with a kitchen knife after first ordering them to kneel and pray because she found them jumping on a bed.
Prosecutors have said both children were stabbed dozens of times and had their throats slashed.
Two dogs in the home also were stabbed to death.
In statements to police, Plackowska allegedly offered differing accounts of the killings, but at one point claimed she stabbed the youngsters because they were “poisoned by society” and she needed to “drive the evil” out of them.
Prosecutors said she later admitted concocting those claims, and instead told investigators she killed her son because she was angry at her husband. Plackowska allegedly told police she killed Olivia because the little girl had witnessed her son’s murder.
In their filing, prosecutors are seeking permission to have Dr. Alexander Obolsky evaluate Plackowska’s mental condition.
Obolsky, who practices in Chicago, testified last month in a high-profile Lake County trial that he believed murder suspect Daniel Baker was insane when he beat his girlfriend’s mother to death.
A judge rejected that opinion as he earlier this week convicted Baker of that 2010 murder.
Plackowska’s attorney didn’t disclose in his filing who he wants to evaluate Plackowska.