The Elmhurst mother accused of last year avoided a trial in her divorce case with the boy’s father, records show.
Cheryl Luchetta and her now-ex-husband, Matthew, came to a settlement to end their 12-year marriage during a Feb. 23 hearing in DuPage County. Matthew Luchetta received full custody of the couple’s 8-year-old son and the couple’s residence.
The boy suffered severe internal injuries in June when Cheryl, according to prosecutors, gave him a mix of Tylenol PM, valium and diazepam before she cut her own neck. She awoke the next morning and called 911.
She has to attempted murder and aggravated battery to a child charges, and remains held in DuPage County Jail on $300,000 bail. She returns to court March 20 in the criminal case.
The divorce, by Cheryl, included cross-complaints by each Luchetta seeking to end the marriage. At different times, each one obtained a against the other person. Matthew Luchetta contended his wife abandoned the marriage several years ago and suffered from psychological troubles. Cheryl accused him of mental cruelty. Court records showed she had domestic violence arrests involving a man described by authorities as her boyfriend.
The divorce process took a major turn in June when Cheryl requested a scheduled trial date be postponed. Within a day or so of that decision, Luchetta drugged her son and injured herself, according to court documents.
In the divorce settlement, Cheryl Luchetta received nearly $10,000 for her share of certain marital assets and, among other possessions, a 1984 Pontiac Firebird, records show.