A woman who slashed her 4-year-old daughter's throat in Bloomingdale can remain involuntarily committed to a secure mental health facility for up to a century, a DuPage County judge ruled Friday.
Marci Webber, 45, of East Nassau, N.Y., was found not guilty of the November 2010 slaying of her daughter Maggie by reason of insanity after a bench trial last month. Judge George Bakalis set a maximum commitment period of 100 years for Webber at a brief hearing Friday, Public Defender Jeff York said. The amount is equal to the maximum prison term she could have received if convicted.
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"This was not unexpected," York said.
Webber is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services, which is slated to provide a treatment plan to the court in August. She could eventually be released, but any custody changes would go before a judge for review. York said her health will be evaluated every 60 days going forward.
Bakalis found Webber not guilty after a psychologist testified that she was suffering from paranoid delusions when she slashed her daughter's throat while visiting a relative in Bloomingdale. Webber told investigators she killed the child to protect her from sexual predators and the devil.