Mom: Amber Alert Led Me to Kill My Kids
Amber Pasztor gives jailhouse interview
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2016 12:58 PM CDT
This photo released by the Elkhart, Ind., Police Department shows Amber Pasztor.   (Elkhart Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – An Indiana mother accused of killing her two children in late September says it was the Amber Alert that led her to murder them. Amber Pasztor, whose father was the children's legal guardian, tells WANE she pushed in the door at her father's house in Fort Wayne on Sept. 26, took 6-year-old Rene Pasztor and 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez, and drove them off in a stolen car. She was in Michigan when she learned an Amber Alert had been issued for the children, and that was the point at which she decided to murder them, she says. "I gave them a choice," she said, per the Indianapolis Star. "That they could live, traumatized like their mom, or they can go to heaven with God and be better off." Though Pasztor claims the children made the choice, she says they still struggled as she smothered them; first Liliana, then Rene.

"They were in good hands but I don’t think they were safe," she tells WANE. "My kids are in a better place … they’re in heaven now. They don’t have no worries no more." She says she smothered them because she couldn't bring herself to shoot them. She did, however, admit to shooting and killing her 66-year-old neighbor, Frank Macomber, the man whose car she allegedly stole and used to take her children. She has not yet been charged in his death, but is charged with two counts of murder for Rene and Liliana. Pasztor was due in court on a prior criminal trespassing charge the day she allegedly kidnapped her children, the Inquisitr reports. The children's father was murdered in 2010 in a case that remains unsolved.