Tests next for woman in Oxford deaths
Rochester Hills — Forensic examinations were ordered Thursday for an Addison Township woman charged with killing her mentally challenged adult son and his infant daughter.
Sylvia Majewska, 65, is charged with the first-degree premeditated murder of her son, Daryne Gailey, 29, and her 7-month old granddaughter, Charley Hendrick, inside Gailey’s Oxford Township home Nov. 23.
An autopsy revealed Gailey’s throat had been slit and his daughter died from a blunt force trauma to the head.
“After a brief conversation with my client, I feel it is necessary for her to have examinations for mental competency and also criminal responsibility,” defense attorney William Mitchell told Rochester Hills District Judge Lisa Asadoorian.
Mitchell said Majewska, who was treated for her own wounds and a possible suicide attempt, is under a “24-hour suicide watch.”
Majewska seemed unsteady and stumbled a couple times as she was led into court where Mitchell helped support her. At one point she told Asadoorian “I want to inform the court that I need glasses.”
Asadoorian ordered the tests, which will be done at the state forensic center, and scheduled a follow up hearing and a preliminary examination in the case for March 2.
Gailey was divorced, lived independently and alone, but was able to see his daughter for overnight visitation providing Majewska, who was his legal guardian to help with his financial affairs, was there to supervise the visits.
Relatives became concerned when Gailey did not return the child to her mother following the visit and went to the home with an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy. Majewska, barely conscious, was found lying on a couch with her injured arm in a bucket. She suffered wounds from the same box cutter used to kill Gailey, according to investigators.
Majewska, who was hospitalized after the incident but uncooperative to investigators, was moved to the county jail last week.
Investigators said they have found evidence, including notes left for relatives, which indicate Majewska thought out the killings for her own reasons.
Outside the courtroom, Mitchell said he is concerned his client get psychiatric attention as soon as possible.
“I have concerns she doesn’t really understand what is happening,” Mitchell said. “As you heard she is talking about eyeglasses. She needs her eyeglasses.”