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Mother kills 12-year-old adopted son by holding him down in bathtub

By Mason White 1:08 PM January 29, 2016
Tara McNeill Palajac 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A community is shocked over the arrest of a well-known woman.

51-year-old Tara McNeill Palajac of California, is a businesswoman and the a homeowner association chief financial officer.

She was well-known and respected in her community in Santa Clara. According to neighbors, Palajac adopted two children from Hungary.

The children flew to Hungary during the summer vacation to see their biological parents, a neighbor said.

Although she seemed to be a loving mother, police said that Palajac admitted to killing her 12-year-old son by holding him down in the bathtub until he was lifeless.

Police said that at first, Palajac claimed that she found her son emerged in the water inside the bathtub and she performed CPR to revive him.

However, during questioning, she admitted to causing his death, police said.

Palajac was placed on suicide watch. She is being held without bail at the county jail in the psychiatric ward.