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Mother charged with murder of her baby


LIVINGSTON—State Police in coordination with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, arrested Tara J. Tomlin, 20, of Livingston for second degree murder, a class A-1 felony, November 28.

Ms. Tomlin allegedly placed her newborn baby boy in a plastic garbage bag in the dumpster behind the Bells Pond Xtra Mart in the early morning hours of November 27.

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Tara Tomlin

She was working as a clerk in the convenience store, when she gave birth to the full-term infant in the store restroom.

State Police later recovered the child from the dumpster and Greenport Rescue Squad emergency medical technicians determined the child was dead.

An autopsy by Pathologist Jeffrey Hubbard, M.D.  at St. Peter’s Hospital determined the cause of death to be homicide, more specifically, asphyxiation.

Ms. Tomlin was arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Q. Moore and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

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