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'Wicked' Mother Gets 20 Years in Prison For Drugging Son

Judge calls Cheryl Luchetta's actions "inconceivable."

In a calm, if not dispassionate voice, Cheryl Luchetta told the 911 operator a man had slashed her throat and done something to her son.

Police and paramedics arrived to find the boy breathing, but unable to talk, while his eyes moved around unfocused. For 45 minutes, Luchetta told an Elmhurst police officer about the drug dealer who slashed her throat and gave pills to her 7-year-old son the night before.

Confronted about inconsistencies in her story, Luchetta admitted to the officer that it was her who gave her son as many as a half dozen Tylenol PM pills, as well as her own prescription drugs for anxiety, in June 2011.

"She brought him to death's door and dropped him off," Assistant State's Attorney Demetri Demopoulos said, calling Luchetta a "deprived and wicked woman."

On Monday, Luchetta was sentenced to 20 years in prison for drugging her son in an attempt to kill the boy to keep him from becoming the custody of Matthew Luchetta, Cheryl's now ex-husband. Luchetta told police she wanted to kill herself and her son so that they could be "together" with Cheryl's deceased parents.

Luchetta previously pleaded guilty to aggravated battery to a child in a deal where prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge against her. She will be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence, with credit for about 15 months in DuPage County Jail, and register as a violent offender against a youth.

Judge Daniel Guerin, who handed down the sentence, cited psychological reports that indicated Luchetta was depressed about her divorce, had a history of bipolar disorder and abused prescription and illegal drugs. One doctor noted Luchetta said she drank a "12 pack of beer and pint of Everclear" every day for a month before the incident.

Guerin took exception to Luchetta's lies to police when she could have helped them understand what happened to her son.

"When time was of the essence, she wasted precious moments," Guerin said. "That is inconceivable to the court."

Luchetta's attorney, Frank Valenti, said his client had a difficult life, which went further downhill in the last five years.

"She wasn't thinking logically. What she did was wrong," Valenti said of the incident. "Of course she is (sorry). It's the worst thing a parent can do.

Luchetta spoke briefly to say she loves her son.

"If I could change anything, I would," she said. "I do have remorse."

The boy, who initially suffered speech and physical impairments because of the overdose, remains in therapy and has had nightmares since the incident. Guerin said it remains to be seen the future psychological damage the boy faces as he learns more about what happened.

Guerin and Demopoulos each noted Luchetta violated her son's trust by giving him the overdose amount of medications. She regularly gave him his own medicine for ADHD. In an interview with a state's attorney's office investigator, the boy said he noticed the pills were different.

"Because it was colorful," Adrian tells the investigator on the recorded interiew played in court. "It was a lot."

Matthew Luchetta frequently became emotional, leaving the courtroom twice, during testimony.

"Thank the Lord," he said as he left the courtroom, adding Adrian is "better than ever."

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Sandy Zinkler September 25, 2012 at 12:26 AM
What a disgusting excuse for a mother! She should have gotten life, the scoundrel!
Bill Angel September 25, 2012 at 12:35 AM
She is mentally ill. Belongs in Elgin mental facility, not in prison. Just look at this poor person.
Jagg Lil Pil September 25, 2012 at 03:01 AM
All I can say is I hope the Best for the Boy who never deserved this & May God watch over him for the rest of his life.
CUA September 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM
She did try her best. She had no support system, and obviously a lot of problems. Her son was in scouts with mine. She brought him there trying to find help. She was very very lonely- and he was all she had in life. Now, she has nothing.
Parent September 25, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Whatever happened to protecting children who are victims and not mentioning them by name. Hasn't he suffered enough Patch?
Karen Chadra (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 03:08 PM
You are correct, Parent. While the name Luchetta is widely known in Elmhurst and I hope many have reached out to support him and his father, his first name doesn't need to be included here. That was an editing oversight on my part.
Annie September 28, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Yes, she may be mentally ill but she had enough understanding of what she did and it's consequences to lie to the police. She's not that ill. She deserves to be sentenced to the maximum time possible.
karla mills September 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM
She has to be sick for doing that to her own son,i just hope he gets the help him get over this
Nick September 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I hope the kid has a regular, happy, healthy, and normal life! As for her, she deserves to be institutionalized forever.
Mrs.Wilson September 29, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Sad...God will watch over this baby, the mother God will deal with her his way,judge not. May God Bless these people.
Tia A September 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM
1st of all let's not judge this woman she has lived a hard life went thru a difficult divorce no 1 knows how she may feel people need 2 stop judging others and start reaching out and being more supportive of others I just pray she gets the help she deserve and pray that her son gets better and can 4 give her 4 what she has done I will keep her and her son n prayer
sandra vaughan September 30, 2012 at 07:36 AM
I feel so bad for the young boy he will have to live with what his mom tryed to do for the rest of his life god bless him
andrea browder September 30, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I have seen people go through way worse lives and they don't try to kill there children. That is just sick. That little boy didn't deserve that.
Karen September 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM
She IS sick and needs help. We need to pray for her. And the recovery of her son...
Shylene October 01, 2012 at 09:29 AM
You never know what people are going through until they snap..instead of bashing the mother people should have been there to help her..how come nobody noticed that she was under stress? I remember back in the day it would take a community to raise a child...where was her support..My mother is doing life in prison right now for killing my brothers and i was put in a foster home i don't blame my mom and i don't judge her and i forgive her..so bashing his mother won't help the little boy get better..and i hope she does get help
Nick October 04, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Tia, I prey you get the help you deserve if you believe she should not be judged.. Sorry, I have NO EMPATHY for a woman that drugs and almost kills her son. I do have some empathy for the things she has been thru but in no way, shape, or form does that allow for her actions to be excused somewhat. We have all been through trauma of some sort, should that allow us all to do something disgusting...like this?
Nick October 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
She will get help, sympathy, stress relief, glorious showers, clean sheets and beds, mice, a good quality job that pays $2 a week, about 800 calories a day, womanly love, no touch visits, parole hearings, many fights, and maybe even killed, considering her crime (when the other inmates found out what she did). Over/Under she will be dead in 7 years.
Tom October 06, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Hi I sure the boy can still use some help it's a shame no one even offers any help
Tom October 06, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Hi it's a shame no one pulled the boy from the home before this had to happen especially since there where so many agency's doctors dcfs police all new what the boy was dealing with but did nothing to help him and her

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