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Court docs: Fort Wayne mother at center of Amber Alert case killed her children by smothering them

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Amber Pasztor

ELKHART, Ind. – A Fort Wayne mother at the center of an Amber Alert case admitted to killing her two children by smothering them, according to newly released court documents.

Amber Pasztor, 29, of Fort Wayne, was formally charged with two counts of murder on Wednesday in connection with the deaths of Liliana Hernandez, 7, and Rene Pasztor, 6.

An Amber Amber Alert was issued for the children on Monday after they were believed to have been abducted by Pasztor from a home in the 7000 block of U.S. 33 in Fort Wayne around 6:20 a.m.

According to court documents, Pasztor flagged down an Elkhart officer directly behind the police department at approximately 5:25 p.m. Pasztor told the officer that her children were dead and in the backseat of her car.

The officer located the two children in the car and called for assistance.

An officer asked Pasztor what happened, and she said she “smothered them,” according to court documents. Pasztor was detained and found to have a warrant for her arrest out of Fort Wayne.

During an interview with detectives, Pasztor detailed kicking in the door of her father’s home and taking both children from the home earlier in the day.

Pasztor then traveled to Elkhart with both children, making several stops including a restaurant and a park. She said at some point she covered both of their faces and noses with her hands until they died.

According to court documents, Pasztor motioned with her hands over her face to show how she did this.

On September 27, an autopsy was performed on Liliana and Rene, and their primary findings conclude the cause of death was due to asphyxiation, and the manner of death was ruled homicide for both children.

Pasztor had her first court appearance this afternoon, and she is currently being held without bond.

Additionally, investigators located the body of Frank Macomber, 66, in Fort Wayne early Tuesday morning after police were searching for him in connection with the Amber Alert.  According to the coroner, who died of a gunshot wound and his manner of death was ruled a homicide. It is unclear at this time how Macomber was connected to Pasztor.

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