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Tanya Byrd Update: Bronx murder suspect took photo with severed head of his mother, report says

Tanya Byrd, whose remains were found in the Bronx, New York on Feb. 26, 2013. Cassandra McLean via CBS New York

Tanya Byrd, whose dismembered remains were found in the Bronx, N.Y., on Feb. 26, 2013
Cassandra McLean via CBS New York

(CBS) - A New York man charged with the death of his mother and scattering her dismembered remains across a Bronx neighborhood allegedly took a picture of himself holding her severed head, the New York Post reports.

Bahsid McLean, 23, was posing in front of a bathroom mirror holding his mother's head under his arm like a trophy when he pulled out a cellphone camera and snapped a photo of himself smirking, sources told The Post under condition of anonymity.

McLean was charged last night with second-degree murder in the death of his mother, 45-year-old Tanya Byrd. Byrd's remains were reportedly found in a trash bag early Tuesday by a man walking with his dog, police said.

McLean and his friend, 26-year-old William Harris, were both charged with hindering prosecution and unlawful dissection of a human body. Harris also faces charges of criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana, CBS New York reports.

Sources said the two suspects stuffed Byrd's head and the rest of her mutilated body in separate bags and then dumped the parts with neighborhood trash in several locations, according to The Post. Police said her remains were wrapped in plastic, some stuffed in luggage.

Byrd was killed probably late Sunday night or early Monday morning in her Bronx home, sources told The Post. Surveillance video showed McLean and Harris in a hardware store buying a power saw with cash. Evidence was reportedly found in both suspects' homes.

Both suspects blamed each other for Byrd's death, The Post reports.

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