Not guilty plea entered for mother accused of killing children in Fort Wayne Amber Alert case

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Amber Pasztor

GOSHEN, Ind. — A northern Indiana judge has entered a not guilty plea for a woman accused of asphyxiating her two young children.

Amber Pasztor is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of her 7-year-old daughter, Liliana Hernandez, and 6-year-old son, Rene Pasztor.

An Elkhart Circuit Court judge entered the plea on her behalf Monday.

The Elkhart Truth reports that the judge appointed a public defender for the 29-year-old woman from Fort Wayne and set her trial for Jan. 23, 2017. She remains jailed without bond. Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill said he’s still considering whether his office would seek the death penalty.

The bodies of Pasztor’s son and daughter were found in a car Sept. 26, hours after authorities issued an Amber Alert following their abduction from their custodial grandparents’ home.

Police say in an affidavit that Pasztor confessed to smothering the children.

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