PONTIAC, MI – Sylvia Majewska’s son and 7-month-old granddaughter are dead and she has been charged with their murders. She is charged with two counts of premeditated first degree murder.
Daryne Gailey, 29-years-old and Charley Hendrick, 7-months-old, were ruled homicides last week.
They were found murdered on November 23rd, 2014 in Gailey’s home. Sylvia Majewska was also found in the home injured but still alive. She has been at a hospital since the murders and under police guard.
The bodies of the two were discovered at Gailey’s Oxford Township home in northern Oakland County after authorities were asked to conduct a welfare check after Gailey’s father, who lives in Huntington Woods, said it was unusual he hadn’t seen his son.
Oakland County investigators said an autopsy determined the infant died of blunt force trauma to the head and her father’s throat was slashed with a box cutter.
Daryne Gailey was reportedly mentally disabled. Gailey for the last 15 years had worked as a clerk at Kroger in Lake Orion. He was a beloved fixture there. He was described by neighbors as a devoted father to his 7-month-old daughter. His death left the community in shock.
Sylvia Majewska had legal guardianship of her son, who suffered from a cognitive disorder that caused seizures, since his childhood.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said during a Monday news conference that Majewska had planned to kill her son and his daughter.
“For whatever reason she came to the conclusion that the son and the child would be better off if they weren’t alive, sadly,” said Bouchard.
Reports are that she felt physically, emotionally and financially drained by her son and granddaughter.
Authorities believe that she may have attempted suicide after the murders.
Majewska’s preliminary examination is scheduled for December 18th, 2014. If convicted, she is facing mandatory life in prison.