8:24 PM CST, February 5, 2013
A Deerfield woman charged with stalking the Rev. Michael Pfleger has been found mentally unfit to understand her court proceedings, court records show.
Lidia Kuzniar, 55, of the 1100 block of Montgomery Drive, was charged Nov. 19 with felony stalking after she tried to approach Pfleger during church services on several occasions, prosecutors have said.
Kuzniar is being held without bail.
In a hearing today, Cook County Criminal Court Judge Matthew Coghlan found Kuzniar unfit, which generally means she is unable to participate or understand court proceedings. She was ordered put in the custody of the Cermak Health Services--the jail hospital--and given inpatient treatment, court records show.
Kuzniar was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Nov. 18 during Sunday services at St. Sabina, 1210 West 78th Pl., where Pfleger is pastor, officials have said.
Before her November arrest, Kuzniar had been arrested at the church several other times for trespassing and stalking, police said. The priest had also taken out an order of protection against the woman, prosecutors said at the time.
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