NEW YORK (AFP) - A New York man was charged on Thursday with stabbing his mother, then chopping her into small pieces, prosecutors said.
Bashid McLean, 23, was charged with murder and attempting to cover up the crime by hiding his mother's body parts.
The remains of the woman, Tanya Byrd, were discovered near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Tuesday when they were sniffed out by a dog being taken for a walk.
There were "several body parts - torso, head, legs, hands, feet", a police spokesman said.
Prosecutors also charged a second man with helping McLean to conceal the body parts after the murder. Police say the crimes took place between Sunday and Monday.
Officials have not yet publicly given a motive for the killing, but New York newspaper reports quoted sources as saying McLean had mental problems, was aggressive and had been in trouble with the law before.
The Daily News quoted Byrd's sister as saying that McLean held a grudge over being put into foster care while his mother fought a drug problem.
The New York Post reported that McLean had been photographed posing with his mother's severed head.