A mother has confessed to suffocating her three young sons to death because she was jealous of the attention their father gave them, prosecutors said.
Brittany Pilkington, 27, was convicted on Tuesday of smothering her sons in three separate incidents over a 13-month period in Bellefontaine, Ohio, United States of America.
Prosecutors said she killed her 3-month-old son Niall in July 2014, her four-year-old son Gavin in April 2015 and her 3-month-old son Noah in August 2015.
She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and murder in exchange for being spared the death penalty.
After Noah was found dead, Pilkington admitted to killing her children because of the attention they received from their father, who was Pilkington’s ex-boyfriend.
Prosecutors said she felt her ex-boyfriend did not give her or her daughter the same attention.
In August 2015, emergency responders were called to Pilkington’s home after her son Noah reportedly stopped breathing, but they were unable to resuscitate the boy. The incident occurred less than a week after a court returned Noah to his mother.
Pilkington’s four-year-old son Gavin died of similar circumstances in April 2015, and when her infant son Niall died in July 2014.
After Noah died, Pilkington reportedly confessed to killing her sons after initially claiming genetics played a role in their deaths.
Police never charged in her first two sons’ deaths because of lack of evidence, authorities said.
Kort Gatterdam, Pilkington’s lawyer, said her client suffered brain damage from lead poisoning she got as a child.
Gatterdam also said Pilkington suffered trauma from years of abuse, with some of the abuse coming from Joe Pilkington, the children’s father.
Joe Pilkington pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual imposition after if was discovered that he had sex with Pilkington when she was a minor.
Britanny was sentenced two consecutive jail terms of 15 years to life and seven years for manslaughter.