Brittany Pilkington reportedly told police she killed her three sons because her husband paid more attention to them than her daughter

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Joseph Pilkington and his 23-year-old wife, Brittany, who allegedly suffocated her three boys, rejected a state care plan for the children earlier this year. As a result a county child service agency didn’t have enough information to refer them for a mental health assessment.

The couple refused to sign a copy of the June 12 plan, which was drawn up by Logan County Children’s Services for their 3-year-old daughter and 3-month-old-son, Noah, according to the Associated Press.

The child services agency had temporary custody of the two kids after they launched a neglect investigation a month earlier following the death of the couple’s 3-month-old son, Niall, in July 2014 and 4-year-old son, Gavin, in April at their Bellefontaine, Ohio, home.

The child service agency’s executive director, Melanie Engle, told the Associated Press that because the Pilkingtons refused to sign, it meant that the agency had much less information to go into an August court hearing, after which a judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence that the deaths of their two boys involved foul play. As a result, their daughter and Noah were returned to them. Noah was killed six days later, on Aug. 18.

“We would have had a lot more information to work with this family, to know if there were mental health concerns,” she said.

Brittany confessed to killing her children and allegedly told police she put a blanket over their heads and suffocated them. She did it, she said, because her husband paid more attention to the boys than he did to their daughter. Her daughter was taken into custody by Logan County Children Services.

Brittany has been charged with three counts of murder and faces the death penalty if convicted.

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