Elkhart County prosecutor seeking life without parole for mother at center of Amber Alert case
ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. — Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney Curtis T. Hill, Jr. is seeking life without parole against Amber S. Pasztor, who has been charged in Elkhart County with the September 26, 2016 murders of her two children, Liliana Hernandez, 7, and Rene Pasztor, 6.
The enhancement request was filed this morning in the Elkhart Circuit Court.
An Amber Amber Alert was issued for the children on September 26 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.
Along with admitting to the murders of her children, Pasztor also admitted to fatally shooting her neighbor, Frank Macomber, 66, in a ditch off of Wallen Road in Fort Wayne. Pasztor has not yet been charged with Macomber’s death.
Under Indiana law, an enhanced sentence of life without parole may be sought by the prosecuting attorney alleging that the murder victim was less than twelve years of age. In addition, evidence that the accused has committed an additional murder is, in and of itself, a qualifying aggravating circumstance.
“Indiana law provides that murders alleged to have occurred under certain circumstances are particularly heinous and therefore subject to harsher penalty considerations. We have alleged that this ‘mother’ murdered her two children, both of whom were under the age of twelve (12) years, one after the other, here in Elkhart County. In this circumstance, a sanction of life without parole for the murder of these two children is an appropriate consideration given the gravity of this horrible crime”, said Hill.