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Lombard woman stabbed sleeping husband, hit him with bat, prosecutors say

Anka Miscevic

Anka Miscevic

 
Anka Miscevic, 48, has been charged with murder in the death of her husband, Zeljko Miscevic, 53, who was found stabbed outside this home near Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard.

Anka Miscevic, 48, has been charged with murder in the death of her husband, Zeljko Miscevic, 53, who was found stabbed outside this home near Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard.

 

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

The Lombard Police mobile command unit sits Friday outside the Lombard house where Anka Miscevic, 48, is accused of attacking her husband, Zeljko Miscevic, 53, who later died.

The Lombard Police mobile command unit sits Friday outside the Lombard house where Anka Miscevic, 48, is accused of attacking her husband, Zeljko Miscevic, 53, who later died.

 

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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A Lombard woman who reportedly suffered from delusions is being held on $3 million bond in DuPage County jail after being charged with killing her husband early Thursday morning.

Anka Miscevic, 48, appeared in DuPage County bond court Saturday morning after she admitted to authorities that she stabbed her husband Zeljko Miscevic, 53, in the chest and hit him in the head with a baseball bat, officials said.

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Anka Miscevic, appearing in court via video conference, wore a faded yellow jumpsuit and at times mumbled during her appearance before Judge Patrick Leston.

She admitted to stabbing her husband while he slept wearing an eye mask, DuPage Assistant State's Attorney Anne Theriau said. Zelko Miscevic worked second shift as a janitor for a labor union.

Zeljko Miscevic woke up and pulled the knife out of his chest, and the two struggled over it; Zeljko Miscevic went to the kitchen to call 911, and then his wife hit him with a baseball bat, Theriau said.

Zeljko Miscevic was able to get outside, which is when paramedics arrived to find Anka Miscevic on the front lawn on top of her husband while clutching the bat, she said.

An autopsy revealed that Zeljko Miscevic had a significant chest wound and blunt force trauma to the head, officials said. He died at a hospital.

Anka Miscevic had been seeing a psychiatrist and had been diagnosed with delusional disorder, major depressive disorder and possible bipolar disorder in 2011, Theriau said.

She told police that on the day of the stabbing, "she felt that something bad was going to happen to her and her family that day. She claimed she saw signs that something was going to hurt her," Theriau said.

She was taking prescribed psychotropic medications and had been hospitalized three times last year for issues related to her mental health, Theirau said.

Friends reported that Anka Miscevic had been delusional in the past, and that her erratic behavior appeared to get worse during the winter, Theriau said. Friends also said that she had chosen not to take her medications many times, she added.

She also made posts on Facebook about the mafia, Theriau said. Her Facebook page was set as private.

During her court appearance, Anka Miscevic mumbled "I know that I'm going to go six feet down" after Judge Leston asked if she had an attorney. Leston ordered a psychiatric evaluation of her.

The couple's son, a 6th grader, lived in the home, Theriau said, declining to give further details about the boy's whereabouts. School officials said the boy attends Westlake Middle School.

Anka Miscevic, who is due back in court for arraignment Feb. 3, was asked to surrender her passport. It wasn't immediately clear which country issued the passport.

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