NY man who allegedly dumped cousin’s body in plastic bin duped victim’s son by texting from dead mom’s phone, prosecutors say
Nisaa Walcott’ s cousin, Khalid Barrow, killed her, according to prosecutors— and used her cell phone to text her son and other relatives to dupe them into thinking she was alive. - Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

NEW YORK — When Nisaa Walcott’s teenage son returned from school to their East Harlem apartment last week, his mom wasn’t home — but his mom’s cousin was there to greet him, cleaning the floor with bleach. The teen had gotten a mysterious text from his mom that day explaining the 21-year-old cousin would be there to take care of him while she was unexpectedly away on business. What the boy didn’t learn until days later was that his mother, a beautician at a Harlem barbershop, had been strangled. Her body was rotting in a plastic container on the rooftop of their apartment building, part of NYC...