Bashid McLean, the Bronx man charged with murdering his mother, posed for a disturbing photo discovered by authorities in which McLean held his mother’s decapitated head like a trophy.
According to the Daily News, McLean’s lawyer says the 23-year-old had stopped taking medication prescribed for schizophrenia a few days before the incident.
The remains of 52-year-old Tanya Byrd, were found stuffed into garbage bags scattered across four locations in the South Bronx.
While his mother slept, McLean allegedly fatally hit her before stealing money to buy a saw.
According to the Huffington Post: “The alleged killer used a two-foot Black and Decker jigsaw to carve up the corpse. The photo of the gruesome aftermath was discovered by police on McLean’s cell phone.”
McLean was arrested on Tuesday after a dog-walker spotted Tanya Byrd’s leg in a pile of garbage near the apartment where she was killed.
Reports say McLean was disturbed and resented his mother, although, a motive is still unclear. When describing his son’s history of violence, McLean’s father told the Daily News: “He did destructive things. He set fires. Nobody could control him.”
Tanya Byrd was a home health aide and is remembered by her sister, Cassandra McLean, as a “beautiful mother” and a “hard worker.”