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Pasztor in letter to judge, "I am guilty"

 Amber Pasztor, Rene Pasztor and Liliana Hernandez
Amber Pasztor, Rene Pasztor and Liliana Hernandez (WNDU)
Published: Dec. 29, 2016 at 6:39 AM EST
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A Fort Wayne mother accused of killing her two children had a court date Thursday, though she was not in attendance.

Amber Pasztor faces murder charges after admitting to Elkhart police that she killed her kids: 6-year-old Rene Pasztor and 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez.

Pasztor recently underwent a psychiatric evaluation at Oaklawn Hospital, but a judge ordered it sealed. She's due for another evaluation on January 16 at the Indiana University Neuroscience Center in Indianapolis.

Ahead of Thursday's hearing, Pasztor sent a handwritten letter admitting to the killings to Elkhart Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker dated December 14.

In it she wrote "I want to plead guilty to the two counts of murder. I am competent and I refuse to see another psych doctor. I accept life with no parole. Readdy [sic] to get this over with. I made a lot of bad decisions in my life but this one really did it. I am guilty and I accept my consequences."

"There is a lot more that goes into it than what she says in a letter," Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Vicki Becker said. "Competency is the most important thing right now. If there was going to be some sort of change of plea, we would set up a formal hearing, she would be advised of all her constitutional rights, make sure she's communicating effectively with counsel and we would proceed from there."

The letter finishes with Pasztor's signature and a postscript saying "I am readdy [sic] to get this trial over with. Don't want to continue trial will accept plea life with no parole."

Though Pasztor says she does not want to go through another mental health evaluation, Becker says they are going to schedule one.

Pasztor's jury trial was scheduled to begin January 23, but with her second mental health evaluation scheduled for January 16, it has been pushed back to March 20.