Court records sealed in Indiana homicide case

Amber Susan Pasztor (Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Court records have been sealed in a homicide case against an Indiana mother accused of smothering her two children.

Public defenders Clifford Williams and Peter Soldato requested the case’s records be sealed, saying many of the Child Protective Services records released last month should’ve remained private. Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker agreed.

Circuit Judge Michael Christofeno ordered all records in the case sealed pending an April 25 hearing on whether the case should be made public again.

Attorneys say Amber Pasztor’s chances of receiving a fair trial have been jeopardized by sensitive information released publicly and subsequent media attention.

Pasztor faces 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.