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A California community is in shock after the arrest of a well-known and respected woman and adoptive mother.

51-year-old Tara McNeill Palajac, a businesswoman and the CFO of her local homeowner’s association, had adopted two children from Hungary.

Although neighbors say she seemed to be a loving mother, she’s now admitted to killing her 12-year-old son adopted son by drowning him in the bathtub.

She initially claimed that she’d found him submerged in the water and had performed CPR on him, but during questioning, she confessed to the crime.

She’s been placed on suicide watch and is being held without bail in the psychiatric ward of the local jail.