An Elgin woman was charged with murder after hitting her boyfriend over the head with a frying pan, police said late Monday.
Nora P. Peterson, 34, of the 100 block of South State Street, was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of 55-year-old Michael N. Mielczarek.
About 3:47 p.m. Saturday, Elgin police responded to the apartment the couple shared on State Street, finding Mielczarek unresponsive and not breathing, police said. He was later pronounced dead at Provena St. Joseph Hospital.
During the investigation, police learned Peterson struck Mielczarek in the head with a frying pan, among other items, causing him to fall and strike his head on the floor. Peterson called 911 when she realized he was not breathing, police said.
An autopsy conducted Monday by the Kane County Coroner’s Office revealed Mielczarek died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to police.
Peterson remained detained Monday night and will appear Tuesday morning at a bail hearing at the Kane County court Elgin branch.