3rd mental exam sought for Indiana woman accused of killings

Amber Susan Pasztor (Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors and public defenders say an Indiana woman accused of smothering her two young children to death likely won’t be found competent to assist in her own trial.

An Elkhart County judge on Thursday ordered a third mental competency exam for 29-year-old Amber Pasztor of Fort Wayne. Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker told the judge her office believes the court could have Pasztor committed to a mental hospital. Court records have shown Pasztor has a history of bipolar disorder.

Judge Michael Christofeno also postponed Pasztor’s March 20 trial. He noted that Pasztor has said she wants to plead guilty, but told her the court has to determine her competency first.

Pasztor faces two counts of murder in the Sept. 26 killings. The 6 and 7-year-old children were killed after being abducted from their custodial grandparents’ home.