Family Crimes

Mom Accused Of Smothering 3 Sons To Death Out Of Jealousy Claims She Has Brain Damage

She allegedly killed her sons because her step-father-turned-husband gave them more attention than her daugther. 

The lawyers of an Ohio woman accused of murdering her three sons claimed she suffered from brain damage. According to PEOPLE, 25-year-old Brittany Pilkington has suffered lead poisoning. A motion has been filed to heave 2015 videotaped confession to police suppressed because they claim the mother was easily influenced by detectives due to years of trauma and abuse by the hands of her relatives.

Her lawyers stated that she has a low IQ and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder which prompts her to detach under stress. They suggested she even dissociated during her confession.

Pilkington is accused of killing her 3 sons, Niall, Noah and Gavin, over the course of over a year. She allegedly smothered them to death because her husband gave them more attention than her daughter.

“In her mind, she was protecting her daughter from being not as loved as the boys were by their father,” prosecutor William Goslee told the Columbus Dispatch in 2015.

Pilkington’s 45-year-old husband, Joseph Pilkington, allegedly began abusing her when she was 9. He was her step-father at the time. Last year, he pleaded guilty to sexual imposition for starting a sexual relationship with her when she was underage, the Dayton Daily News reports.

[Photo: Logan County Sheriff Office]

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