Pasztor charged in Allen County She allegedly admitted shooting her neighbor with a deer rifle and burying him.
A Fort Wayne woman facing 130 years in prison after admitting in an Elkhart County court to smothering her two children last fall now faces a murder charge in Allen County.
The Allen County prosecutor’s office charged Amber Pasztor on Tuesday morning in Allen Superior Court with murder and use of a firearm during an offense.
Pasztor, 30, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of murder in the Sept. 26 killings of 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor. The children were killed after being abducted from their custodial grandparents’ home in Allen County early that morning. Pasztor later that day parked a car outside the Elkhart Police Department and told an officer that her children’s bodies were in the back seat. Elkhart is about 70 miles northwest of Fort Wayne.
According to the probable cause filed in Allen Superior Court, Pasztor told Elkhart police that her children were in the back seat of the car and she had suffocated them and had shot a man in Allen County. The car was registered to her former neighbor Frank Macomber. She allegedly told police that she shot Macomber, 66, with a large deer hunting rifle that he had bought for her, and she gave them directions to a spot behind her father’s home where she had buried Macomber under a tent that the two had bought that day, Sept. 25.
Pasztor told police she killed Macomber to “send a message to the ‘cartels’ not to mess with her,” according to court documents. “The defendant stated that she knew Frank was setting her up to the cartels … The defendant stated she knew Frank was working with them (‘cartels’) because he had a shovel, and wires and she overheard Frank talking to his son saying he would send him pictures. The defendant stated Frank was very smart with electronics and was in the Army.” Allen County Sheriff’s Department officers found Macomber’s body as Pasztor described it, with a gunshot wound in the upper torso and a Winchester .30-.30 shell casing at the scene, according to the court documents. Elkhart police allegedly found a matching shell casing and two live rounds in Macomber’s car that Pasztor had been driving.
The Elkhart County judge accepted Pasztor’s plea and set a June 29 hearing, where Pasztor will be sentenced to 130 years in prison – 65 years for each child’s death. She underwent three psychological evaluations to determine whether she was able to assist with her defense.
Indiana Department of Child Services records released by a juvenile court say that Pasztor killed her children because she felt they were being threatened with violence by members of a Mexican cartel. Those records also say she suffered from untreated bipolar disorder.
She had lost custody of the children, who attended Arcola Elementary School, along with a third child to her father.
The father of Liliana and Rene, Rene Hernandez, 24, of Fort Wayne, was found dead in a wooded area in Whitley County in June 2010. His body had been frozen and cut into two pieces, police said. That killing has never been solved.