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Body of baby found in trash

Body of baby found in trash.
Body of baby found in trash.

Child abuse and child neglect is a growing epidemic in the United States. It's hard to rationalize, but statistics show a child is abused every 10 seconds and 5 children die each day due to violence and neglect. As heartbreaking as it is these statistics are increasing daily.

Today reported Pennsylvania State Police have charged 22 year old Tara Paltanavage with abuse of corpse and concealing the death of a baby girl.

Pennsylvania State Police spent several hours searching through a trash covered lawn for evidence after a baby was found dead in the trash at a local residence.

The coroner told WNEP the "body of a newborn was found in the trash early Tuesday morning along Winfield Drive near Middleport." It remains unclear how the baby girl died, but an autopsy on the infant is scheduled for Wednesday.

“I think it’s a horrible thing. How could you do something to that? It’s such a precious thing you know, being so little,” said neighbor Brittany Burg.

“So many people who want to adopt babies and stuff, to throw it away don’t make sense,” added Frances Nazar.

Tonight Paltanavage remains locked up in the Schuylkill County prison on $250,000 bail.

Learn how to protect your children from abuse by learning the signs and symptoms of child abuse. One local organization making a difference in the lives of children is Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. Dreamcatchers is a 501 (c) 3 Michigan based non-profit child abuse and neglect awareness organization, dedicated to educating the public on the signs, symptoms, statics, intervention, prevention to assist victims and survivors in locating the proper resources to help achieve and enable a full recovery. This amazing organization is ran by two moms on a mission to end violence towards children.

For more information on Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, visit their website at:

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