A Naperville woman is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl in her care, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

During a well-being check on Halloween eve in the 800-block of Quin Court Tuesday around 10:20 p.m., police discovered the children had been slashed and stabbed to death.
Elzbieta Plackowska, 40, was charged Wednesday evening. She is scheduled to appear in bond court early Thursday morning. Police said they would hold a press conference after court.

Officials say Plackowska was covered in blood when she was taken into custody. She was questioned by investigators from the Naperville Police Department and the DuPage County States Attorney’s Office before charges were filed.

Neighbor Robbie Johnson says Plackowska had the children at her home Tuesday.

“There was nothing unnatural about it. I just saw her with the kids,” Johnson told ABC7.

“She was not a talkative person, no she wasn’t,” said Michelle Jones who saw the suspect.


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“There is no reason to believe any additional subjects are at large at this time,” said Naperville police, in an effort to calm the fears of residents who were awakened early Halloween morning to the jarring news.

The girl attended kindergarten at Brookdale Elementary School and the boy was a student at Scott Elementary School. Officials there have called in the Indian Prairie School District 204 crisis team.