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Bronx Incident: Daughter's Descent into Tragedy

Selma Mclean (left) Skydajah Patterson (right)
Selma Mclean (left) Skydajah Patterson (right)

A heart-wrenching incident unfolded in a Bronx apartment as 26-year-old Skydajah Patterson allegedly beat her mother to death with a cooking pot. The chilling confession made on a 911 call sent shockwaves through the community, revealing the tragic circumstances surrounding the brutal killing.

Skydajah Patterson, who had recently been released from a mental health treatment facility, is accused of bludgeoning her 46-year-old mother, Selma Mclean, inside their NYCHA apartment at President Adams Houses in the Bronx early in the morning on Monday.


In a haunting confession to emergency operators, Patterson admitted, "I just killed my mom," as authorities rushed to the scene. Mclean was found unconscious and unresponsive, with severe trauma to her face and head. Patterson was reportedly still holding the bloodied pot when police arrived and confessed to using it to strike her mother, causing her to fall unconscious. Unfortunately, Mclean was pronounced dead at the scene.

Despite the harrowing nature of the crime, Patterson was taken into custody but did not face any charges by the late afternoon, according to police reports. However, the family and community are left reeling from the devastating loss and the tragic events that transpired within the family's apartment.

Mclean's goddaughter, Danaeyah Reynolds, shared that Mclean had expressed fear of Patterson, especially after Patterson's recent release from a psychiatric ward. Patterson had allegedly been hearing voices and exhibiting worrisome behavior, creating a tense environment in the household.

Reynolds further revealed that Patterson's mental health had deteriorated following the loss of her baby boy in August, with Patterson struggling to cope and failing to properly heal. Additionally, previous incidents involving Patterson's alarming behavior, including an attack with knives, had raised concerns about her well-being and her mother's safety.


The devastating fallout of the tragedy was also felt by Mclean's other daughter, who arrived at the apartment in distraught disbelief, shouting about her mother's death and her sister's alleged involvement. Neighbors, like Rosa Medina, expressed shock and sorrow over the tragedy, highlighting the quiet and seemingly normal nature of the family prior to the unfolding of this heartbreaking event.

This poignant narrative underscores the complexities of mental health challenges, familial turmoil, and the profound impact of tragic events within a community. The tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the importance of mental health awareness, intervention, and support in preventing such devastating outcomes.

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