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Judge: Most of mom’s confession can be used at trial

February 5, 2019 GMT

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ruled most of a confession from an Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons can be used at her trial.

A Logan County judge ruled Monday some investigators interrogating Brittany Pilkington overstepped bounds. He ruled parts of the interrogation where she described smothering her sons will be allowed, while a small part won’t.

The Bellefontaine (behl-FOWN’-tihn) woman has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in the deaths of a toddler and two infants in 2014 and 2015.

The judge found the lengthy interrogation with Pilkington not having legal counsel, food, water and rest pushed parts of the interview too far.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the prosecutor says the ruling won’t hurt his case while Pilkington’s lawyer said jurors could decide for themselves about interrogators’ actions.