1. A mum faces 130 years in prison after pleading guilty to smothering her two young children.
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Trigger warning: This article contains information about child abuse which may be triggering to some readers.
A 30-year-old mother from the US state of Indiana faces up to 130 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of her two children.
Amber Pasztor was found last September with the bodies of her two young children – Liliana Hernandez, 7, and Rene Pasztor, 6 – in the back of her car.
Amber did not have legal custody of her children, and abducted them from her father’s home, who was their legal guardian.
When an Amber Alert was issued to find the two missing children, their mother took her children to a restaurant and a park before she smothered them with her hands.
In an exclusive interview with WANE NewsChannel 15 after her arrest last year, she said the Amber Alert had spurred her to murder her children.
“They were in good hands but I don’t think they were safe,” she said.
“My kids are in a better place…they’re in heaven now. They don’t have no worries no more.”
She also said she had “given them a choice”.
“They could live traumatised like their mum or they can go to heaven with God and be better off,” she said.
She believed a Mexican drug cartel was going to find, torture and kill her two children. The body of Amber’s husband, and the father of her two children, Rene Hernandez, was found in a remote area of Indiana in 2010.