She’s accused of murdering her three young sons — each on a separate occasion — and she says she did it because she was jealous.
A report from People said that Brittany Pilkington, 27, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and murder charges after she allegedly killed her three children over the course of more than a year.
The deaths started in July of 2014, when Pilkington is said to have smothered her infant son, Niall.
Then, nearly a year later, her 4-year-old son Gavin was suddenly killed. Just a few months later in August, Pilkington confessed to all three murders after her 3-month-old son Noah turned up dead in their Bellfontaine apartment.
But it’s why she said she allegedly smothered them that has investigators looking into her mental status. Pilkington told authorities that she was jealous that the boys were expressing so much love for their father – her ex-husband.
Investigators say that Pilkington was upset over how much time they were spending together, while the pair’s daughter – who was unharmed – was seemingly being left out.
The Ohio mother originally pleaded not guilty to the aggravated murder charges, but this week she changed her plea in exchange for being spared the death penalty.
HAPPENING NOW: Brittany Pilkington in court now. Plea agreement reached. Guilty to 1 ct of invol manslaughter, 1 ct murder, 1 ct murder. pic.twitter.com/zGmEnvAKCG
— Tom Bosco (@tomwsyx6) November 19, 2019
Police say that Pilkington was never charged in the deaths of the first two children as there was not enough evidence to build a case.
People reported that she was sentenced to seven years behind bars for the involuntary manslaughter charge and 15 years to life for the two murder charges.
Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart commented on the outcome of the deal, saying it would bring “justice and closure to this tragic case and protect the community from the defendant.”
Reports about the Ohio mom said that she had been repeatedly physically and sexually abused for years and had suffered from lead poisoning at a young age, according to defense attorney Kort Gatterdam.
“She had a monster in her life, from the age of 9,” said Gatterdam. “Being shown pornography, being raped, being raped repeatedly.”
Abuse or not – that doesn’t exactly clear someone of these horrific crimes.
“Sadly, she’s safer living a better life in jail than on the outside,” Gatterdam said. He read a statement to the court noting that Pilkington “loves and misses all of her children and grieves for them every day.”
Despite the egregious crimes she’s been convicted of, her attorneys say she still wants to maintain a relationship with her daughter, but doesn’t know if the young girl will go for it.
“That’s going to be up to her daughter,” Gatterdam said. “Obviously her daughter is very young, she would hope someday that her daughter as she said in her statement would forgive her.”
It’s a case similar to one out of San Diego earlier this week.
Police say that a San Diego man killed his wife and three of their four sons before taking his own life in a tragic murder-suicide on Saturday.
And after all was said and done, a 9-year-old boy is the only surviving member of his family. And he’s still fighting for his life.
Investigators are still gathering the details about what led to such a horrific event, but initial reports suggested that the man shot his wife and all four sons before turning the gun on himself early on Saturday morning.
NBC San Diego identified the deceased parents as Jose Valdivia, 31, and Sabrina Rosario, 29.
Family members confirmed that their children, Enzie Valdivia, 3; Zuriel Valdivia, 5; and Zeth Valdivia, 11, were killed during the tragic event.
But investigators say that 9-year-old Ezequiel Valdivia is holding on – still fighting to pull through after undergoing multiple surgeries for his injuries.
According to statements from police, Jose Valdivia did not live at the home with the mother and children. Sabrina Rosario had reportedly recently filed for divorce and had made a request for a restraining order against her husband.
“We believe the male came over this morning, there was some kind of argument or disagreement and he used a handgun and shot his family before turning the gun upon himself,” San Diego Police Lt. Matt Dobbs said at a press briefing on Saturday.
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According to relatives, Valdivia was upset about the divorce and was trying to get Rosario to stay with him. They say that the two had been together since high school.
“It is still unclear if the restraining order had been legally served, but we do believe the male was aware of it,” Dobbs said.
Police say that a 911 call was made to the department just before 7 a.m. on Saturday, but dispatchers could not hear anyone on the line, but did overhear what sounded like an argument going on in the background.
Mother killed in San Diego murder-suicide endured months of harassment and threats, court records show https://t.co/WQdOgwZ0aZ
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 19, 2019
Then a second call came in from a concerned relative who reportedly lived next door. When police responded, they saw a child bleeding inside the home. Thinking quickly, officers broke the window and made entry into the residence and discovered the grisly scene.
Responding officers discovered a total of six gunshot victims inside. Reports said that the parents and youngest son were pronounced dead at the scene, and the other boys were rushed to the hospital, where two perished.
A father is suspected of shooting his estranged wife and 4 children before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide at a home in Paradise Hills, San Diego, police said. All have died except for one child, who was in critical condition and in surgery. https://t.co/xSYlM2UfYe
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 16, 2019
Now the surviving 9-year-old is fighting for his life.
A GoFundMe was setup by family members to help with the boy’s recovery. Nearly $50,000 has already been pledged.
“We thank you all for your continued support. We can feel the love and are still patiently waiting for our prayers to be answered,” the campaign notes read.
The organizer of the fundraiser said that Rosario was an incredible mother to her children.
“She was always loving, always caring, always happy,” he said.
He said that he had missed a call from her just minutes before the fatal shooting, evidently leaving a message on her voicemail.
“You could very clearly understand she was terrified,” Albright told Fox 5 San Diego. “The last thing she had said was, ‘Is that your gun?’”
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