6-year-old boy killed, woman critically injured in Plainfield stabbing: Will County Sheriff's Office

71-year-old man in custody; both victims stabbed more than a dozen times

ByMaher Kawash and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Saturday, October 14, 2023
Child killed, woman critically hurt in suburban stabbing: sheriff
A Plainfield, IL stabbing left a child dead and a woman injured in the 16200 block of South Lincoln Highway, the Will County Sheriff's Office said.

PLAINFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- A child was killed and a woman was critically injured in a stabbing in the southern suburbs on Saturday morning, the Will County Sheriff's Office said.

It happened just before 11:40 a.m. in Plainfield. A 32-year-old woman called 911, saying her landlord had attacked her with a knife. The caller said she ran to the bathroom and tried to fight the attacker off.

Sheriff's deputies were sent to the home, which is located in the 16200 block of South Lincoln Highway near Lily Cache Road. Chopper 7 was over the scene.

When Will County Sheriff's Office deputies and Plainfield Police Department officers arrived, they found a 71-year-old suspect sitting upright on the ground, near the home's driveway. He had a cut on his forehead, and was later transported to a local hospital.

Deputies then found two victims, a 32-year-old woman and an 6-year-old boy, inside a bedroom. They each had suffered more than a dozen stab wounds to their chest, torso and arms.

The child was transported in critical condition to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, the sheriff's office said. The woman was hospitalized in serious condition.

Trinity Jasnicka said she was shocked to see the scene right by her house, which she has lived in for 25 years.

"I've never heard or seen something this tragic happen," Jasnicka said. "We were just coming down the road, saw the tape and just speechless for a second until we heard what happened. It's tragic, for sure."

The suspect was treated and released from a local hospital before being transported to the Will County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Complex for questioning.

Police found a knife, and charges have not yet been filed in the case. There is no threat to the public, the sheriff's office said.

This story previously said the child was 8 years old based on information from police.