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  • 28 February 2013, 10:17

Son Arrested After Mum's Body Found In Bin Bags

Two men, including the victim's son, have been arrested after a woman's dismembered remains were found in rubbish bags in New York City.

Bahsid McLean, 23, and 26-year-old William Harris were arrested on suspicion of unlawfully dissecting a human body and hindering prosecution.

Police have not filed murder or manslaughter charges and said they were still investigating.

The remains of Tanya Byrd, 45, were found stuffed in several bags scattered along four blocks in the Bronx.

Her death came to light when a local resident's dog sniffed out one of the sacks in the early hours of Tuesday.

A heavy-duty plastic garbage bag stuffed in a duffel bag with the woman's bloodied leg inside was found in a rubbish pile in the Melrose neighbourhood.

Police then found three other bags containing the victim's head, limbs and part of her torso.

Witnesses told police a sport utility vehicle dropped the bags off sometime on Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Family members described McLean as a troubled man who had long harboured anger toward his mother.

His father, James McLean, told the Daily News: "He did destructive things. He set fires; nobody could control him."

Ms Byrd, a health aide, was described by friends as an upbeat and generous woman.

"Anything you would have needed, she would have given it to you," Elizabeth Cruz told WCBS-TV.