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Article updated: 8/21/2012 3:02 AM

Police: Woman struck boyfriend with pan, killing him

Thirty-four-year-old Nora Peterson, of Elgin, has been charged with murder after striking her boyfriend in the head with a frying pan, causing him to fall and later die, according to police.

Thirty-four-year-old Nora Peterson, of Elgin, has been charged with murder after striking her boyfriend in the head with a frying pan, causing him to fall and later die, according to police.

 
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A 34-year-old Elgin woman has been charged with murder after striking her boyfriend in the head with a frying pan, causing him to fall and later die, according to police.

Nora P. Peterson called 911 for an ambulance after Michael N. Mielczarek struck his head on the floor and stopped breathing Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Police responding to the apartment unit at 3:47 p.m. found Mielczarek unresponsive and not breathing. Paramedics transported the 55-year-old victim to Provena St. Joseph Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Kane County coroner's office performed an autopsy on Mielczarek Monday and concluded he died due to blunt force trauma to the head.

During their investigation, police learned that Peterson struck Mielczarek in the head with multiple items, including a frying pan, which caused him to fall and strike his head on the floor, authorities announced Monday night.

The Kane County state's attorney's office approved one count of first-degree murder against Nora Peterson late Monday afternoon.

Peterson is due in court in Elgin at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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