Indiana mom told police she used her hands to smother 2 children found dead after Amber Alert

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ELKHART, Ind. – An Indiana mother at the center of an Amber Alert case admitted to killing her two children by smothering them, according to newly-released court documents.

Booking photo of Amber Pasztor, taken September 27.

Booking photo of Amber Pasztor, taken September 27.

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

An Amber Alert was issued for the children on Monday after they were abducted by Pasztor from a home in the 7000 block of U.S. 33 in Fort Wayne around 6:20 a.m., according to WXIN.

Court documents said Pasztor flagged down an Elkhart officer directly behind the police department at approximately 5:25 p.m. She told the officer that 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)

Pasztor was detained and authorities found there was a warrant out for her arrest in Fort Wayne.

During an interview with detectives, Pasztor detailed kicking in the door of her father’s home and taking both children earlier in the day.

Pasztor then traveled to Elkhart with both children, making stops at 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 committed the murders.

On Tuesday, an autopsy was performed on Liliana and Rene. Primary findings concluded the cause of death was asphyxiation and the manner of death was ruled homicide for both children.

Pasztor had her first court appearance Wednesday  afternoon and she is currently being held without bond.

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