Brittany Pilkington Describes Smothering 3 Young Sons; Didn’t Want Them To Grow Up To Abuse Women

In videos shown in Logan County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, Brittany Pilkington, 24, confessed to killing her three-month-old twins Niall and Noah and her four-year-old son Gavin over a 13-month period by smothering each child with a blanket. Now the judge on the case is deciding whether the confession videos can be allowed as evidence in court.

After the last child’s death in 2015, Pilkington told police she killed her sons because her husband paid more attention to the boys than to their daughter or herself, and she did not want them to grow up abusing women. Pilkington explained that she grew up with a physically abusive father.

To further complicate this case, Brittany’s husband Joseph, who is 20 years her senior, recently pleaded guilty to a charge that his sexual relationship with Brittany began when she was underage. They met when Joseph was dating Brittany’s mother.

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The Columbus Dispatch reports that Pilkington says she used a blanket in the killings because, “I didn’t want to see it. I didn’t want to see them suffering.”

Brittany Pilkington, Logan County Jail

Brittany Pilkington [Logan County Jail]

Pilkington provided details of what happened when she killed the boys in videotaped interviews with investigators. In the videos, Pilkington said she killed Niall first on July 22, 2014. She covered him with a blanket and rolled over on him in bed.

Then, on April 6, 2015, Pilkington says she held down Gavin, the toddler, who struggled for “a few minutes.”

Finally, on August 18, 2015, Pilkington said baby Noah was fussing in the night, so she changed his diaper, put him back in his crib, and killed him there.

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Pilkington explained that she was depressed at the time of each of the killings and had considered taking her own life. She claimed to love her sons, and said, “I should have hurt myself.”

Pilkington’s defense team says her statements were gathered “unconstitutionally” and that their client has mental “deficits” and therefore did not understand when she waived her right to an attorney.

It’s unclear when the judge will make his final ruling on the tapes, reports say. Pilkington has pleaded not guilty, and her trial is expected to begin in February 2017.

Read more:
Columbus Dispatch
CBS News

Main photo: Brittany Pilkington [Logan County Jail video/screenshot]

  • ReliableMoth

    Yep she’s right, she should have just killed herself rather than taking 3 innocent lives. She still can though, I don’t think anyone’s going to care much..

    • Liz

      Wow, such empathy for the mentally ill. I’m pretty sure her suffering will last the rest of her life. I wonder where the stigma comes from….oh, right, ignorance.

      • Anny Voos

        Empathy to a murderer?

      • ReliableMoth

        I have a mental illness. I read and research mental illness all the time. I’m not ignorant to it. Did you read this article? Yeah, just like I have no sympathy for most serial killers and mass murders I have no sympathy for this vile woman.

        • Liz

          I hope people are more forgiving of your illness, than you are of hers.

          • ReliableMoth

            I hope they won’t, if I end up killing three babies.

          • Janene McClafferty

            I appreciate your honesty! It is amazing to me that there are actually people defending this vile woman because she is “depressed” and killed her kids.

          • Melanie Richards

            Good shout..

          • Cassie Labelle

            I as well am mentally ill, with schizophrenia running in my family. What this woman done is not due to her mental illness she made the choice to murder her babies. People who try to let others use mental illness as a crutch to not control their own actions are doing no one a favor. Yes we may be a little loopy but we also have control to a point. She could have chosen to not murder her babies be it getting away from them before it happened. the fact that she didn’t turn herself in after she murdered her first precious baby is proof in itself that this was her choice not a product of any mental illness.

        • Janene McClafferty

          I’m 100% with you, she should have done herself in instead.

      • Cassie Labelle

        She Murdered kids (her own babies) when she made that choice any she lost any empathy anyone in their right mind would have for her.

  • Mandy

    How did the father of the children not notice that she was systematically killing his kids?