The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office has formally charged Amber Pasztor with two counts of murder in the deaths of her children. She remains in the Elkhart County Jail without bond. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance on Oct. 6th.
On Thursday, Sept. 29, nearly 200 Elkhart residents gathered for a prayer vigil for the two Fort Wayne children.
The children’s bodies were found outside of the Elkhart Police Department on Monday, Sept. 26.
Court documents say 29-year-old Amber Pasztor told Elkhart police officers around 5:30 p.m. Monday that her daughters, 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor, were dead in the backseat of her car and that she had “smothered them.”
Pasztor is being held without bond on two preliminary counts of murder in the girls’ deaths. Pasztor didn’t have legal custody of the children, who were living with Pasztor’s father, Ricky Green, and stepmother, Emily Green, in Fort Wayne.
The South Bend Tribune reports that the Greens attended the vigil. Ricky Green spoke, expressing anger toward his daughter.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Pasztor has an attorney.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.