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Ohio mother smothered her three young sons so "they would never abuse women"

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(AP) An Ohio mother charged with suffocating her three young sons said in a recorded police interview that she smothered each boy with a blanket because she didn't want them to suffer. 

24-year-old Brittany Pilkington also said in her taped confession she was depressed and worried her sons would eventually become abusive toward women.

Pilkington can be heard in the recording, made in August 2015, a day after the death of her youngest son, telling officers that she was sleeping with the infant in bed and then woke up on top of him. She also was recorded saying she held a blanket over her other son's face.

The married mother-of-four is accused of suffocating her sons over a 13-month period out of jealousy at the attention her husband gave the boys.

Authorities allege she killed her 3-month-old son Niall in July 2014, his 4-year-old Gavin in April 2015 and 3-month-old Noah in August 2015. The couple's 5-year-old daughter remains in the custody of relatives.

Pilkington has pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated murder. Her trial is scheduled for late February 2017, and if convicted, she could face the death penalty. 

A Logan County judge has been reviewing Pilkington's statements while considering a request to exclude her confession in the potential death penalty case. Her lawyers argued it was obtained unconstitutionally.

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