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Judge drops mental health requirements for Indiana woman

August 21, 2017

A judge in Goshen has modified his 130-year prison sentence for an Indiana woman accused of killing her children.

The Elkhart Truth reported that Elkhart Circuit Judge Michael Christofeno has removed any mental health requirements from 30-year-old Amber Pasztor’s sentence. Pasztor pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of murder in the September 2016 deaths of her 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son.

Christofeno originally ordered the state mental hospital to evaluate Pasztor and give her mental health treatment if needed before she begins her sentence.

The state Department of Corrections and the state Family and Social Services Administration challenged Christofeno's authority to create such a sentence and said the order was an involuntary mental health commitment.

Pasztor is in Allen County Jail awaiting trial on another murder charge.

Pasztor said in a jailhouse interview last year that her children she was accused of killing, 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor. She said, “My kids are in a better place. ... They don't have no worries no more.”

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