Bloomingdale mom charged in daughter's death

Updated 11/6/2010 8:36 PM

DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett said he will seek a $5 million bond for a mother accused of stabbing her 4-year-old daughter to death earlier in the week in Bloomingdale.

Birkett said he approved first-degree murder charges against 43-year-old Marci Webber Saturday afternoon. Webber is expected in bond court Sunday morning. She was due to be processed at the DuPage jail in Wheaton late Saturday after being released from Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, Birkett said.


Webber had been receiving treatment at the hospital for self-inflicted injuries since police discovered her and Webber's 4-year-old daughter, Maggie, at a Bloomingdale townhouse in the 200 block of Amherst Court Wednesday, authorities said. Birkett said the mother and daughter had just moved to Bloomingdale from East Nassau, N.Y. The two were staying with Webber's mother.

Birkett said Webber tried to kill herself after she killed the girl by slashing her wrists. Webber also had necks wounds. Birkett said the girl suffered at least two knife wounds to the neck.

Birkett said authorities recovered the knife, which he described as a "folding knife," but didn't know the dimensions of the weapon.

Birkett said he would also seek a mental health examination of Webber because he expected her defense attorney to employ an insanity defense.

"This is a terrible case," he said. "Obviously any time a child is murdered it's horrible."