A 43-year-old woman was booked into the county jail Tuesday night after police unearthed a body buried in the back yard of a home in an upscale Southwest Bakersfield neighborhood.
Beant Kaur Dhillon was booked on charges of murder and willful cruelty to a child. Dhillon was held at the Downtown jail without bail.
The arrest came hours after neighbors said police removed a body from a home at 5205 Shining Crag Avenue.
A county website listed Dhillon as the owner of the house.
Detectives at the scene Tuesday afternoon declined to describe their investigation but pictures from neighbors showed investigators digging in a planter behind the two-story stucco house.
Neighbors said a crime scene van was parked at the house for several hours.
The house is in a newer neighborhood off Stine Road, between Hosking Road and Panama Lane. Online real estate sites described it as a five-bedroom, 3,412 square foot home and said it sold for $402,000 last year.
Dhillon declined a 17 News request for a jailhouse interview.