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Woman arrested in death of baby found in dumpster in 2007

July 7, 2021 GMT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been arrested in the death of an infant found in a Pennsylvania trash container almost a decade and a half ago, authorities said.

Lancaster County prosecutors and police announced Wednesday that Tara Brazzle, 44, is charged with one count of criminal homicide in the death of the baby girl found in a Lancaster dumpster in September 2007.

Authorities said the child’s body was wrapped in a bloodstained towel and several plastic bags before being placed in a tote bag along with the placenta and the umbilical cord. Her death was ruled a homicide due to complications of asphyxia.

Brazzle, of Valparaiso, Indiana, was arrested Friday at the San Jose International Airport in San Jose, California and is being held at the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department without bail pending extradition to Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Brazzle, alleged to have been the mother of the child, worked at the YMCA where the child’s body was found and went by the name Tara Indrakosit at the time. Authorities allege that the birth and homicide occurred at her former residence in Ronks, Strasburg Township.

Authorities said DNA evidence, genealogy resources and other sources led to identification of the suspect.

It’s unclear whether Brazzle has an attorney; a message was left Wednesday at a number listed for her.