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Son arrested after mom's body found in Bronx trash bin

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Police arrested the 16-year-old son of a woman who was found shot dead and stuffed inside a plastic trash bin in the Bronx Wednesday.

Darwin Jackson reportedly told police investigators he shot his mother, Tihesha Savage, 34, amid an argument, the New York Daily News reported. He was charged with second-degree murder and weapons possession.

A superintendent of the building where the family lived made the discovery when he spotted a tan, rectangular bin near some bushes shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday. When he took off the lid, he found Savage’s crumpled body swaddled in a blood-stained Scooby Doo blanket, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the back of her head.


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The super called police. Amid the commotion, neighbors reported they saw Jackson walking around the scene in a daze. He even reportedly identified his mother’s body.

NYPD officers arrested the teen Wednesday evening and took him to a precinct in the Bronx where he was questioned until he confessed, police say. In building surveillance video obtained by police, a male can be seen dragging the bin across the street and leaving it there, police said.

Neighbors said they were startled and saddened to hear of Savage’s murder.

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“She was just a hard-working mother,” Kevin McCorkle said. “If you lived here, you’d call her a ghost. If she wasn’t with her kids, she was in the house.”

Savage was a mother of two and had lived in the area for years, neighbors said.

It wasn't clear if Jackson had a lawyer. 

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