BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (WDTN) — Attorneys for the mother accused of murdering her three children have filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court.
Lawyers for Brittany Pilkington, in an appeal filed Tuesday, want the court to throw out a judge’s order that she undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Pilkington confessed to murdering her three young sons, Niall, Noah and Gavin over a 13-month period from 2014-2015. Niall was three months old when he died in July, 2014. Gavin was four years old when he died in April, 2016. Noah was also three months old at the time of his death in August, 2015.
Her attorneys say her confession should be thrown out based on new medical testimony that calls her mental status into question.
Pilkington’s lawyers provided two reports from medical experts showing Pilkington suffered from brain damage caused by lead poisoning as a child. The reports also claimed Pilkington suffered from sleep apnea and childhood trauma.
A Logan County Judge accepted the reports and subsequently ordered an independent psychiatric evaluation. That order was upheld by an appeals court in May.
Pilkington’s attorneys’ argue the evaluation would violate her constitutional rights against self-incrimination.
Pilkington’s trial is scheduled to begin in January, 2019.