Grandmother Charged With Horrifying Killing of 6-Month-Old Granddaughter She Was Babysitting (VIDEO)

As someone who grew up very close to my grandparents on both sides, I have a special place in my heart for grandparents, especially my grandmother. So it's horrifying to think that a grandmother, someone who should be the person you can turn to for unconditional love -- even when you're not getting it from mom -- could do this to her grandbaby. Alfreda Giedrocz, 61, is accused of bashing her granddaughter with a sledgehammer and then slitting her throat with a carving knife. Her granddaughter was only 6 months old.

Prosecutors say that Giedrocz was taking care of her grandchild, Vivian, after the baby's father, her son-in-law, dropped her off for babysitting on a typical Sunday morning. But that morning was anything but typical. Giedrocz had allegedly hidden a sledgehammer in her closet.

At some point, Giedrocz's husband stopped his work on a house across the street and went to visit his wife and granddaughter.

What he discovered will no doubt give him nightmares forever. His granddaughter was dead, butchered with a sledgehammer and carving knife.

Police won't comment on whether Giedrocz had a history of mental issues. But what else could make a woman kill her infant grandbaby? It makes no sense.

Neighbors said that Vivan's parents were thrilled to have a baby. Thrilled. And now. My heart breaks for them. To know that her grandmother allegedly did this. To know they left the baby with her.

Often we hear these daycare horror stories and people say, "That's why I only leave my child with trusted family members." But do you ever really know anyone?

I don't mean to alarm people. The vast majority of people, as well as daycare centers, are good and trustworthy.

But infanticide -- even by grandmothers -- is certainly not unheard of.

What could have caused a grandmother to do this? I can only imagine mental illness. Deep, deep mental illness. How much did the family know of her condition? Even if they knew she had issues, most people would not make the mental leap to this kind of violence.

My heart grieves for this family.

What do you think happened?


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Movie... Moviebuff

I'm sure she will get off because she is a white old lady and they will say she I'd crazy.

Cassandra Huber

Oh, whatever. There is no proof of mental illness. She probably was pissed about something and did it to spite someone. Mental illness is over used. Many cases involve truly mentally ill people, but this is not one. Someone needs to beat her with a sledgehammer and slit her throat, preferably the parents of that precious angel.

nonmember avatar sam

Why does it say his wife was there too?

Gypsy... GypsyMa76

What the fuck? Sledgehammer & throat slit on a 6mo? How on earth? My heart breaks for these parents 


sweet... sweetaspie630

Mentally ill or not she deserves the  death penalty.

crunc... crunchymomma87

Uh, MovieBuff, I think if you use the internet you will see plenty of "old white lady"s who did not "get off".

You're a racist, but I think you already knew that...

Yes, completely normal people who don't have any mental issues at all kill their grandkids for fun. Maybe you should check out the definition for mental illness.  "any disease of the mind; the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to require psychiatric intervention".  If she were hiding a sledge hammer, this is pre-meditation and she SHOULD have been seen my a psychiatrist before this ever took place. Tons of people, like you, downplay the rampant existance of mental illness. Maybe if her family hadn't ignored the signs and pretended there was no problem this would have never happened. 

Lucky... Luckysgirl665

To the person that asked why it said his was was there too. Read the article again, it says the babys' grandfather left a house across the street to go see his wife and grandchild. I assume you are asking if that meant the mother of the child but no they  said the grandmothers' husband.

This story is truly sick! I hope she gets the book thrown at her. A sledgehammer? Really the baby was only 6 months old and she needed a sledgehammer and a knife? I don't care what her excuse may be she needs to be thrown down a deep dark hole and forgotten about!!

jalaz77 jalaz77

OMG how in the hell can a person do this??? Unreal. Poor poor baby girl. The parents have to be losing their minds. I wonder what kind of mom she was to her own daughter. There had to be signs she was unstable. People do not snap, there is a build up then they blow. There are ALWAYS signs. This makes me sick.

Pixie030 Pixie030

There are not always signs that other busy people would pick up on and people can just snap. There are people who are very good at hiding mental illness for years, too many stories like this start out with all the neighbors and family members saying, I don't understand why they did this. They were always so quiet, kind, very active parents and involved in their neighborhood. Those are the ones that scare me the most. That a Mr. Rogers can wake up one day and decide to kill for no good reason. I hope for the baby's and the grandfather's sake that they are given some kind of reason, something to end the investigation and begin a healing time. Which I know would never be complete.

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