Funds sought to mark 3 boys’ graves; mom charged in deaths

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Brittany Pilkington Indicted on Murder Charge, Eligible for Death Penalty.

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – A former classmate of the Ohio mother suspected of suffocating her three young sons is collecting donations in hopes of providing markers for their graves. A young mum who confessed to killing her three sons because her husband ‘ignored their daughter’ is facing the death penalty after being indicted over their murders.The 23-year-old suspect is accused of smothering her sons, Niall, three months old, on July 22, 2014; Gavin, 4, on April 6; and Noah, three months old, on August 18.Police say Pilkington admitted to killing Noah, 3-month-old Niall Pilkington and 4-year-old Gavin Pilkington over a 13-month period, smothering them with a blanket.

The aggravated murder charges against 23-year-old Brittany Pilkington in Bellefontaine, about 55 miles from Columbus, include capital punishment factors of multiple victims and victims under 13. She has been held on a $1 million bond in the Logan County jail since August. 18, the day her husband called 911 and said he had come home from work and found Noah not breathing in his crib. However she is unlikely to be executed as she had an abusive childhood and suffered through a controlling relationship with her husband, who previously dated her mother, the New York Daily News reported.

Pilkington, of Bellefontaine, is expected to have an arraignment on Wednesday afternoon, where she will be required for the first time to enter a plea. The fundraiser, Ashley McLaughlin, says she wants to ensure there are headstones honoring the boys’ lives if their surviving sister visits the cemetery when she’s older. Logan County Prosecutor William Goslee said: “To imagine a jury that would say that this is a person with a depraved heart that should die at the hands of some chemistry (through lethal injection), I don’t think that’s likely.” The children’s father, 38-year-old Joseph Pilkington, who works away from home at a Honda plant in Marysville, knew about his two eldest sons’ deaths after previously finding both their bodies. While the enquiry continued Noah had been removed from the family by Children Services shortly after his birth, along with his sister Hailey as a precaution.

Skaggs said his niece needs help and is clearly not in her right mind. “The answers will be told … the whole questions that everybody’s wanting to know they will be answered sooner or later”. Authorities took custody of her third son after he was born three months ago, but a judge allowed him to return home because there wasn’t conclusive evidence the older boys had been killed.

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