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A makeshift memorial sits outside a home in Naperville, Ill., on Thursday. Two children,
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Date published: 11/2/2012
NAPERVILLE, Ill.--A suburban Chicago woman stabbed her 7-year-old son 100 times then turned the knife on a 5-year-old girl who witnessed the attack, killing both children as they begged for their lives, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Elzbieta Plackowska, 40, told investigators she stabbed the children and slashed their throats on Tuesday night at a Naperville home because she was angry that her truck driver husband was often away, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said.
"She told the detectives that she thought by killing [her son] Justin she would make her husband hurt the way she hurt in their relationship," Berlin said.
Plackowska told investigators she found Justin and Olivia Dworakowski--whom she was babysitting that night--jumping on the bed, Berlin said.
"She had grabbed the knife and she made both victims kneel and begin praying. 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," he said at a news conference after the hearing.
"She then turned her attention to 5-year-old Olivia and began stabbing her with the knife multiple times. She, as well, pleaded for her life, but the defendant continued to stab her until she was deceased."
Plackowska killed Olivia because she had witnessed the attack on Justin, Berlin said.
The slayings took place at the home of Olivia's mother who works nights as a nurse and had left her daughter in the woman's care before. Plackowska also stabbed the two family dogs.
Walls in the home were spattered in blood. Olivia's body was found on the bed, and Justin's was found on the floor beside it. He was covered in stab wounds, including on his head, face, neck and back.
"In all my years in law enforcement, this is the most gruesome and horrific crime scene that I have seen," Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall said at the news conference. Naperville is 25 miles west of Chicago.
Investigators found two blood-stained knives; a steak knife in the kitchen sink and another in Plackowska's car, Berlin said.
After the killings, Plackowska tried to go to a Naperville church but found it closed, so she left a message on its answering machine saying she had done something bad and needed assistance, Berlin said.
She went to a friend's home where her other, adult son was staying and told them that she had been robbed, Berlin said.