New York City police arrested two men for involvement in the dismemberment of a 45-year-old Bronx mother found near Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, The New York Times reported on Wednesday, February 27.
Tanya Byrd left behind a six-year-old son with Down Syndrome, while her 23-year-old son Bashid McLean has been arrested for involvement in the case.
McLean has not been charged with murder at this time, but he and friend William Harris, age 26, were brought in on charges of unlawful dissection of a human body and hindering prosecution.
Harris also received charges of stolen property and marijuana possession. The men have accused each other of Byrd’s murder, but a medical examiner has yet to determine cause of death.
Elizabeth Cruz, a friend and neighbor of Byrd’s, revealed to The New York Post that Byrd’s six-year-old son has Down Syndrome.
Cruz added, “Her young son … is very sick. … He really needs her. He [doesn't] talk. All he can say is, ‘Mommy! Mommy!’”
Cassandra McLean, Byrd’s sister, remarked that her nephew’s arrest was “crazy” and downplayed Bashid McLean’s involvement, attributing the arrest to “frustration” toward police rather than actual participation in the crime.
Unlike the August 2012 discovery of body parts in a Detroit sewer, there was no effort to conceal Byrd’s remains.
A car was reported in the neighborhood where her body was found dumping out trash bags that were later discovered to contain her torso, head, and leg, among other gruesome contents.
Do you believe Bashid McLean and William Harris are guilty of the murder of Tanya Byrd?