Amber Pasztor found competent, pleads guilty but mentally ill to murdering children

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(Photo supplied/Elkhart County Jail)

Justice has been served for 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor.

Their mother, Amber Pasztor, was found mentally competent to stand trial after three mental evaluations. She was found competent in two out of the three evaluations she had done.

Not long after that ruling, Pasztor changed her not guilty plea to a plea of guilty but mentally ill. She will be sentenced on June 29th and faces upwards of 130 yeas in prison.

The two children were reported missing the morning of September 26 when they were taken from a home in Churubusco by their non-custodial mother, Amber Pasztor.

Police in Elkhart located a tan Mercury behind their building matching the description in the Amber Alert at about 5:30 p.m. the same day. Indiana State Police called off the Amber Alert about 90 minutes later.

An officer, who was walking out of the Elkhart Police Department on Marion Street, was stopped by Amber Pasztor, who was driving a car matching the vehicle described in the Amber Alert., according to Sgt. Chris Snyder with the Elkhart Police Department.

Pasztor told the officer there were two deceased subjects inside the vehicle, Snyder stated.

Upon examining the vehicle officers located two deceased juveniles, Liliana Hernandez and Rene Pasztor, in the backseat of the vehicle.

Pasztor is also connected to the shooting death of 65-year-old Frank Macomber of Fort Wayne, whose car she then allegedly stole prior to kidnapping the children. Pasztor has yet to be charged in that case.

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