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BLYTHE TOWNSHIP -- A 22-year-old woman is locked up Tuesday night charged in connection with a gruesome crime.

State police arrested Tara Paltanavage of Blythe Township after the body of a newborn girl was found at a home near Tamaqua.

State troopers were seen at the home on Winfield Drive in Blythe Township after a person living there found an infant`s body inside a trash bag.

Now 22-year-old Tara Paltanavage is locked up in Schuylkill County charged in connection to the discovery of that baby girl.

Next door neighbor Marty Bowers saw the police activity early in the morning.

“Maybe two police cruisers and four unmarked cars, group of people in the front neighbor`s yard, and shortly thereafter, maybe break of daylight, there was crime scene tape around the yard and we saw an object in the center of the yard,” said Bowers.

Investigators were on scene for hours searching garbage cans.

Troopers eventually arrested Paltanavage charging her with numerous crimes including concealing the death of a child and abuse of corpse.

“You think of a young life that has many, many years ahead of itself and for that to happen it`s just almost beyond belief,” said neighbor Joe Serano.

“I think it`s a horrible thing, how could you do something like to that precious thing, you know, being so little,” said Brittany Brittamburg.

Investigators have not said what connection Paltanavage has to the infant. She is being held in the Schuylkill County Prison on $250,000 bail.

“I`m not sure how it all ties in with the family, but it`s a terrible thing and hopefully they`ll get it all straightened out and find out what happened,” said Serano.

An autopsy on the infant is scheduled for Wednesday.