THE BRONX - Two men have been charged in connection with the dismemberment of a 45-year-old Bronx woman.
According to police, Tanya Byrd's son, 23-year-old Bashid McLean, and his friend, 26-year-old William Harris, have been charged with the unlawful dissection of a human body and with hindering prosecution. In addition, McLean has been charged with second-degree murder.
Harris has also been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Police say the hindering prosecution charge stems from the suspects not giving the real story and pointing the finger at each other.
Byrd's body parts were found scattered in plastic bags around Eagle Avenue and East 158th Street early Tuesday morning. The medical examiner says Byrd died from a stab wound to the neck, causing her to bleed to death.
Police sources say that McLean lived with his mother and that there was a strong bleach smell inside their apartment. Latex gloves and an empty power saw box were also found.
Both suspects have a criminal history. McLean has eight prior arrests, six in New York and two in New Jersey. Harris has 24 arrests on his record for various charges, including assault, robbery, drug possession and trespassing.