The mother and a caregiver for a 14-year-old ‘severely autistic’ boy fatally stabbed Sunday in River Grove have been charged with his murder, authorities said tonight.
The child’s mother, Dorothy Spourdalakis, 50, and the caregiver, Jolanta Agata Skrodzka, 44, were each charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Sally Daly.
Both women, of River Grove, will appear in Maywood courthouse Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m., according to Daly.
Alex Spourdalakis had multiple wounds when discovered in his bed in the second-story apartment on West Grand Avenue Sunday afternoon, River Grove police Chief Rodger Loni said.
The boy was found while his mother and caregiver were in another room in a semi-conscious state, police said.
Authorities said the women had “issues” including “frustration” with the condition and care of the child including dealing with his with autism.
Alex was found when his father and uncle went to the apartment after failing to reach anyone by phone, Loni said. The victim's 50-year-old mother and his 24-hour caregiver were taken to a hospital and were being questioned by police, Loni said.
According to Loni, officers had been to the apartment numerous times to assist with transporting the boy to medical appointments. Loni said he was "severely autistic."
"He was big and strong and unwilling to go to the doctor," said Loni, who said the teen weighed more than 200 pounds. "We had to restrain and hold him down."
DCFS spokesman Dave Clarkin said the agency received an abuse allegation regarding the youth in January but determined the accusation to be unfounded. The agency offered the family support services, but the offer was not accepted, he said.
The boy's mother three months ago accused a local hospital of neglecting and mistreating her son in TV news report.
The family residence is in a two-story brick building that has a plumbing business on the first floor.
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