Judge orders evaluation for woman in Amber Alert deaths

A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for an Indiana woman accused of abducting her two young children and smothering them.

Elkhart Circuit Judge Terry Shewmaker also entered a preliminary not guilty plea for 29-year-old Amber Pasztor of Fort Wayne during her initial hearing Wednesday on two counts of murder.

She's accused in the Sept. 26 killings of 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor after their abduction from their custodial grandparents' home led authorities to issue an Amber Alert. The state is seeking a life sentence without parole.

The Elkhart Truth reports (http://bit.ly/2elh3Jh ) public defender Peter Soldato said in a request for the mental evaluation that Pasztor can't fully understand the legal proceedings or help prepare her defense. He also questioned whether she understood the seriousness of the charges.


Information from: The Elkhart Truth, http://www.elkharttruth.com