2nd exam for accused killer of son, granddaughter

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Pontiac — An Addison Township woman charged in the November 2014 deaths of her mentally-disabled son and his 7-month-old daughter will undergo an independent examination for criminal responsibility after recently passing a psychiatric exam for mental competency.

Sylvia Majewska, 65, of Addison Township is charged with the murder of her son Daryne Gailey, 29, and 7-month-old grandaughter Charley Lillian Hendrick.

Sylvia Marie Majewska, 66, is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 23, 2014, death of her son Daryne Gailey, 29, and his daughter, Charley Hendrick, both found in Gailey’s Oxford Township home.

Defense attorney William Mitchell told Oakland Circuit Judge Denise Langford Morris on Thursday he had concerns about psychiatric exams done on his client for mental competency and criminal responsibility. Both were supervised by the same doctor at the State Forensic Center for Psychiatry, Mitchell said, and the doctor had an “unusual amount of communications” between the doctor, prosecutor’s office and police.

“I’m not saying they were biased but there’s more here,” said Mitchell, who reiterated his intention to seek an insanity defense for Majewska.

Langford Morris approved the request but warned Mitchell she didn’t want the case “bogged down” with additional delays noting Majewska had a right to speedy trial.

Just what led up to the deaths remains unclear.

Daryne Gailey.

With the help of Majewska — who was his guardian — Gailey had obtained a divorce from Amanda Hendrick just 17 days before the death. In court filings, Majewska described her daughter-in-law as abusive and manipulative of her son, who had learning disabilities and seizures.

Relatives became concerned when Gailey did not return the girl to Amanda Hendrick after an overnight visit. A deputy and a relative went to Gailey’s home and found the victims inside.

Autopsies determined Gailey’s throat had been slit with a box cutter and his daughter died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Majewska was found lying on a couch, barely conscious, her arm bleeding from an apparent self-inflected wound with the same box cutter. Investigators said Majewska notes left for relatives indicated she had planned out the killings.

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