Amber Pasztor formally charged with 2 counts of murder

Booking photo shows Amber Pasztor. (Photo Provided/Elkhart Police Department)
Booking photo shows Amber Pasztor. (Photo Provided/Elkhart Police Department)

ELKHART, Ind. (WANE) – The Elkhart County Prosecutor formally charged Amber Pasztor, 29, with two counts of murder Friday afternoon in connection with the killings of two of her children. She had been held in the Elkhart County Jail on preliminary charges since her arrest on Monday.

Facebook photo of Liliana Hernandez and Rene Pasztor
Facebook photo shows Liliana Hernandez and Rene Pasztor.

Curtis T. Hill Jr., filed one count of murder for each child, 6-year-old Rene Pasztor and 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez. Each count of murder is punishable with a prison term of between 45 and 65 years and a fine of up to $10,000. There is is no bond available.

Investigators believe Pasztor abducted the children from her father’s home on U.S. 33 in Allen County early Monday morning. Her father was the legal guardian of Rene and Liliana. Court documents indicate she kicked down the door of her father’s home and took the children. An Amber Alert was issued later that morning.

At around 5:30 p.m. Monday, Pasztor flagged down an Elkhart police officer and told him her children were dead in the backseat of the car, which belonged to 66-year-old Frank Macomber. Macomber’s body was found early Tuesday in a ditch off Wallen Road in Fort Wayne and an autopsy determined he had been shot to death. The two had been neighbors.

Pasztor has not been charged with Macomber’s death, however in a news release issued Friday afternoon following the filing of formal charges, Hill indicated that she is a suspect in his death.

“In this case, we are alleging that a mother callously and intentionally took the lives of her two children. While any rationale she may have had for completing this deadly deed in our community is still under investigation, her two children, our tiny victims, deserve justice and they will get it,” Hill is quoted as saying in the press release.

The Elkhart Circuit Court has scheduled an Initial Hearing on Monday, Oct. 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Elkhart County Courthouse in Goshen, Indiana.

Even though formal charges have been filed, Prosecutor Hill indicated that the investigation is ongoing.