The body of ‘Baby Mary Anne’ was found in a dumpster behind a YMCA in Lancaster on the 24th of September, fourteen years ago. The unidentified newborn was discovered wrapped in a towel stained with blood and several plastic bags, and her death was quickly ruled a homicide due to complications of asphyxia.
At the time, her discovery shocked the community because who in their right mind would put a dead baby in a bin? That question had recently been answered, fourteen years after her murder.
New genetic technology now readily available to the police has helped make an arrest in Baby Mary Anne’s death. Due to forensics, Parabon Nanolabs was able to create a ‘reversed’ family tree to track down the baby’s parents, and they soon found her mother, Tara Brazzel.
The 44-year-old, who was known as Tara Indrakosit when her daughter was killed, was arrested and now faces charges for her daughter’s death.
A day after being interviewed by police, Brazzle jumped on a plane to San Jose, but was arrested while alighting the flight in California, where she awaits extradition back to Pennsylvania.
"We can now begin the process of holding this suspect accountable and seeking justice for Baby Mary Anne and others impacted by this tragedy," said the Lancaster County District Attorney, Heather Adams, in a press statement.
However, there are still huge holes in the time leading up to the death of Baby Mary Anne, and police are now looking to fill in those gaps with the help of the general public that were in the area of Lancaster at the time of the homicide.
D.A Heather Adams thinks the resolution of this fourteen year old case will help the family members of similar cases, "Families of victims do not give up, if their case may have gone cold, certainly don't give up hope," she said in her statement.
Police also believe they know who the baby’s father is, but they’re still investigating whether the man was involved in her death or not.
Anyone with information regarding the case or knew Tara Brazzle / Tara Indrakosit around the time of 2007 should contact Sgt. Randell Zook of the Lancaster City Bureau of Police at 717-735-3322 or on the submit-a-tip website.