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Press Release-Jody Kossow Verdict

Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017






January 5th, 2017

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that on December 20th, 2016, a bench trial to determine whether Jody Kossow (D.O.B. 2/17/1974) killed her own child was held in front of the Honorable Judge John Lowry.  Kossow faced multiple counts of first degree murder, aggravated battery to a child and unlawful restraint charges for 8 year old’s death.  In September of 2013, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police were called to a home at 228 Woodrow Street.   When officers got there, they found the body of a child lying in the driveway.  Jody Kossow was standing next to the victim, and admitted to stabbing her child several times in the stomach and chest.  An autopsy showed the 8 year old died as a direct result of the stab wounds.


Today, the Honorable Judge Lowry found the charges against Kossow were proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but agreed with the defendant’s affirmative defense of insanity at the time of the offense.  Therefore; Judge Lowry entered the verdict of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity for the charges of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery to a Child and Unlawful Restraint.  Under Illinois Law, Kossow will remain in custody until the Department of Human Services conducts a mental health evaluation on her.  Once the evaluation is complete, a hearing to determine an appropriate plan of care will be held. A date for that hearing has not been scheduled yet.   



The next status hearing will be held on January 20th, 2017 at 10:30am in Courtroom B in front of the Honorable Judge Lowry. 



Chief of the Criminal Bureau Marilyn Hite Ross



Winnebago County
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
OFC: (815) 319-4444

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