Another Nanny Allegedly Stabs 2 Kids to Death & We Wonder WHAT Is Going On

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It just last week that Leo and Lucia Krim were stabbed to death by their nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, 50. It was a crime so horrific and so heartbreaking that it’s still difficult to process. Yet now, unthinkably, comes another eerily similar case.

Tuesday night babysitter Elzbieta M. Plackowska, 40, was charged with murder after a 5-year-old girl, Olivia Dworakowski, and her own 7-year-old son, Justin, were found brutally stabbed to death in her home in Naperville, Illinois. When the girl’s mother showed up after work around 10 p.m. to pick her up, there was no answer and she couldn’t get into the house. She called police who found the children’s bodies and Plackowska covered in blood.


The details according to the Chicago Tribune are particularly gruesome — the boy was stabbed 100 times after she told him to get down on his knees and pray. He begged her to stop and told her he loved her as she repeatedly drove the knife into him. Olivia was stabbed 50 times, and two dogs were also stabbed to death. Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall said, “In all my years in law enforcement, this was the most horrific and gruesome crime scene I have seen.”

The chilling question, as in the Krim case, is why? What would cause someone who was put in charge of children’s well being turn and take their lives? How could they betray that trust and take those innocent lives?

Plackowska reportedly first told police a stalker had broken in and killed the children, but she later said that she had “heard voices from the devil and killed the children to save their souls.” She also told them the children were disobedient and that she was angry with her husband.

Of course none of these explains anything, and my heart breaks as I think of the Halloween costumes these children never got to wear and the lives they’ll never live. I also can’t help but wonder if Plackowska had read about the Krim case. Did she read those stories and weep like the rest of us, or did they somehow plant a seed in her mind? Just like in the Krim case we may never know; we’ll certainly never understand.

For parents it’s yet another blow to the doubt and guilt many of us have when leaving our children with anyone. We know that most nannies and babysitters are loving and kind, and that this case is yet another gross, gross exception.  We’re not so alarmist that we believe nannies everywhere are just one bad mood away from a killing spree.  It doesn’t, however, stop yet another seed of uneasiness from planting in our mind.

Deepest sympathies to these families.

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