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