Bashid McClean, a 23-year-old schizophrenic man, confessed to dismembering his mother and scattering her body parts in garbage bags across the South Bronx.
Police found a saw inside the apartment McClean shared with the victim, Tanya Byrd, and his 7-year-old brother Nasyr. Neighbors say that Byrd was afraid of her son and suspected him of physically abusing his brother who has Down syndrome.
McClean called cops to notify them that his mother was missing and was immediately thought to be a suspect in the killing. Police sources report that the victim’s head, hands, torso, legs and shoulder were pulled from trash bags in four different locations surrounding her home.