An Indiana woman pleaded guilty Thursday to smothering her two kids to death last fall after abducting them.
Amber Pasztor, 30, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of murder, according to CBS News. Pasztor is expected to be sentenced to 130 years in prison in June, receiving 65 years for each child's death.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana woman abducted her children in Sept. 2016 from their custodial grandparents' home. An Amber Alert was issued after the abduction.
The bodies of Pasztor’s 7-year-old daughter, Lilliana Hernandez, and 6-year-old son, Rene Pasztor, were found that same day inside a stolen vehicle parked behind the Elkhart Police Department, about 70 miles away from Fort Wayne. Pasztor flagged down an officer to show him the bodies, according to CBS.
According to NBC affiliate KFOR, Pasztor told an officer she “smothered them.” In an interview with detectives, Pasztor said she kicked in the door of her father’s home to grab both children. She took them for a drive, stopping at a restaurant and a park. Then she covered both of their faces and noses with her hands until they died, according to the report.
In an interview with WANE, Pasztor said she decided to kill her children when she heard the Amber Alert issued on the radio.
“That’s when I went straight to Elkhart and that’s when I killed my kids,” Pasztor told WANE. “Because I knew the police was gonna get us. And with me behind bars, and my kids out here with all my problems; no. Sorry. No. I’m not that selfish. I’m not a coward.”
Pasztor said she gave her children a “choice.”
“I gave them a choice,” she said. “That they can live traumatized like their mom, or they can go to heaven with God and be better off.”
The father of her two children, Rene Hernandez, 24, of Fort Wayne, was also murdered. His body was found in a wooded area in June 2010, frozen and cut into two pieces, according to CBS. That murder has never been solved.
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