GOSHEN, Ind. – An Indiana woman accused of fatally smothering her two young children told a judge in a handwritten letter that she is guilty and ready to accept life in prison.
Amber Pasztor, 29, of Fort Wayne, faces two murder in the Sept. 26 the death of 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor. The children were killed after they kidnapped from their custodial grandparents ‘ home.
Her lawyers are looking for a defense of mental disease or defect, who say that they believe that they do not fully understand the legal proceedings or assist in the preparation of her defense. But in the letter, Pasztor said that she was competent and would refuse to see a different physician for the mental health of the evaluations.
“I have a lot of bad decisions in my life, but this one really did it,” she wrote. “I am guilty and I accept my consequences, thank you so much for your time.”
Pasztor also has admitted to fatally shooting her neighbor, 65-year-old Frank Macomber, and taking his car. She has not been charged in the death, but prosecutors have said that she is a suspect. Researchers believe Macomber was shot on the same day the children were killed. His body was found the next day in a wooded area near Fort Wayne.
Pasztor the letter to Elkhart Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker was dated Dec. 14 but that is filed with the court on Tuesday, The Goshen News and The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reported.
A telephone message seeking comment was left Thursday for Pasztor’s lawyer, Clifford Williams.
According to researchers, Pasztor a parked car at the edge of the Elkhart Police hours after the children were kidnapped and told an officer of her children were the bodies of the rear seat. Elkhart is located approximately 70 km northwest of Fort Wayne.
Pasztor said in October jailhouse interview with WANE-TV that they decided to kill her children after hearing an Amber Alert for them. She said that she killed the children, so that they would be safe in heaven.
Prosecutors are seeking life without parole for Pasztor.