Interview: Indiana mother says she decided to smother children after Amber Alert was issued

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ELKHART, Ind. – An Indiana mother accused of killing her two children in the backseat of a stolen car said she decided to smother her children after she heard the Amber Alert on the radio.

Booking photo of Amber Pasztor, taken September 27.
Booking photo of Amber Pasztor, taken September 27.

Amber Pasztor, 29, of Fort Wayne, is formally charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Liliana Hernandez, 7, and Rene Pasztor, 6.

An Amber Alert was issued for the children on Sept. 26 after they were believed to have been abducted by Pasztor from a home in Fort Wayne around 6:20 a.m., according to WXIN.

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 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.

Picture of Liliana (left), Rene (right)
Picture of Liliana (left), Rene (right)

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.

According to court documents, Pasztor motioned with her hands over her face to show how she did this.

An autopsy was performed on Liliana and Rene, and their primary findings conclude the cause of death was due to asphyxiation and the manner of death was ruled homicide for both children.

Frank Macomber
Frank Macomber

Additionally, investigators located the body of Frank Macomber, 66, in Fort Wayne after police were searching for him in connection with the Amber Alert.

According to the coroner, he died of a gunshot wound and his manner of death was ruled a homicide.

In an exclusive interview with WANE, Pasztor said she was spurred to kill her children when she heard the Amber Alert was issued on the radio.

“That’s when I went straight to Elkhart and that’s when I killed my kids,” Pasztor told WANE. “Because I knew the police was gonna get us. And with me behind bars, and my kids out here with all my problems; no. Sorry. No. I’m not that selfish. I’m not a coward.”

Pasztor claims she gave her children a “choice.”

“I gave them a choice,” she said. “That they can live traumatized like their mom, or they can go to heaven with God and be better off.”

Pasztor said that she felt someone was going to harm her children, so she believed the only solution was to kill them.

“They were in good hands but I don’t think they were safe,” Pasztor said. “My kids are in a better place … they’re in heaven now. They don’t have no worries no more.”

In the interview, Pasztor also admitted to killing her neighbor, Macomber.

She said she shot Macomber with his own gun and then stole his car.

At this time, Pasztor has not been charged in Macomber’s murder, WANE reports.

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