Mother says Amber Alert pushed her to kill her kids

WARNING: The video contains subject matter of a graphic nature that some may find offensive

Amber Pasztor
Amber Pasztor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne mother accused of killing her two children in the backseat of a stolen car in late September said she was spurred to action when she heard the Amber Alert issued to find her on the radio.

“That’s when I went straight to Elkhart and that’s when I killed my kids,” said Amber Pasztor. When asked why the Amber Alert was the impetus to smother her children Pasztor replied, “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 refused to offer details, but claimed she felt someone was going to harm her kids. She believed the only solution was to usher them on to heaven. She told NewsChannel 15 she didn’t have the heart to shoot them, so she smothered them.

In an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 15’s Brett Thomas over video chat from the Elkhart County Jail on Monday, Amber Pasztor admitted to smothering her two children to death, one by one. Pasztor faces two charges of murder in Elkhart County for the deaths of 6-year-old Rene Pasztor and 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez – charges she said unequivocally she is guilty of.

With a phone to her ear and speaking matter-of-factly, Pasztor told NewsChannel 15 how she pushed in the door of the home of her father, the legal guardian of the children, grabbed the children and put them into a stolen car, and just started driving. Pasztor said she was driving aimlessley when she received word that an Amber Alert had been issued.


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