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2 children stabbed to death in Naperville home, babysitter charged

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First-degree murder charges have been filed against Elzbieta Plackowska, 40, in the death of her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl she was babysitting.

The two small children were found stabbed to death inside a Naperville townhouse Wednesday morning. One of Plackowska's children was among the victims, and the other was the daughter of Marta Dworakowski, who had left her child at home with Plackowska and went to work Tuesday night, sources said.

Dworakowski, a nurse who works the nightshift, called police when she could not reach Plackowska shortly after 10 p.m.

Naperville police officers then went to the townhouse in the 800 block of Quin Court for a well-being check, and discovered a horrifying scene. Dworakowski's daughter, Olivia, 5, and Plackowska's son, 7, were found dead - one on the bed and one on the floor. Two dogs were also found killed inside the home, which were later removed by animal control officers.

Police arrested Elzbieta Plackowska at a relative's home where she showed up covered in blood. Plackowska was reportedly upset after the recent death of her father and had gotten into a fight with her husband because she wanted to return to her native Poland and he did not want her to go.

According to published reports, she had been hearing "demonic voices." Before the children were killed, Plackowska allegedly took them to church and reportedly went back after the crime was committed.

Olivia was a kindergarten student at Brookdale Elementary and Plackowska's son attended Scott Elementary.

Both school district's crisis teams were on hand Wednesday morning to help the school community deal with the loss of one of their youngest students. They also offered resources to parents to help them explain the tragic incident - and its implications - to their young children.

"They're working through it. I know the teachers were upset...were really really traumatized by the situation, but they decided to go on with their day," Dana Day said, the husband of a teacher.

Loved ones told FOX Chicago News that Olivia was lovely, friendly, beautiful, and was unbelievably loved by the family. When reached by phone, Olivia's aunt said the tragedy "feels unreal" and they're trying to understand what happened.

A man who said he lives next door told The Naperville Sun that police woke him up about 3 a.m. for questioning. He said he hadn't heard or seen anything unusual overnight.

Thomas Brinson has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years, and said it is a typical suburban area.

"A lot of people just recently moved in, a lot of them have little kids," he said of the neighborhood.

He said he didn't know the residents at the home where the murders occurred.

"I haven't seen too much activity from that house," he said. "It is disturbing. This is a quiet community. It's crazy."

Plackowska is scheduled to appear in Bond Court Wednesday morning at the DuPage County Courthouse. State's Attorney Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall will host a press conference following Bond Court.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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