Fort Wayne woman at center of Amber Alert case pleads not guilty; prosecutor weighs death penalty

Amber Pasztor

Amber Pasztor

GOSHEN, Ind. — A northern Indiana judge has entered a not guilty plea for a woman accused of asphyxiating her two young children.

Amber Pasztor is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of her daughter Liliana Hernandez, 7, and son Rene Pasztor, 6.

An Elkhart Circuit Court judge entered the plea on her behalf Monday.

The Elkhart Truth reports that the judge appointed a public defender for the 29-year-old woman from Fort Wayne and set her trial for January 23, 2017. She remains jailed without bond.

The bodies of Pasztor’s son and daughter were found in a car on September 26, hours after authorities issued an Amber Alert following their abduction from their custodial grandparents’ home.

Police say in an affidavit that Pasztor confessed to smothering the children.