Updated Tuesday, Sept. 1, 10:48 a.m.
An Astoria woman enlisted the help of her son this weekend to burn the body of her boyfriend, whom she shot twice after a dispute over infidelity and money, according to authorities.
Dawn McIntosh, 46, has been charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and tampering with physical evidence alongside her 21-year-old son Donte Watkins, who has been charged with tampering with physical evidence, in connection to the death of 43-year-old Shron McWhorter.
Police found McWhorter’s body on fire after receiving a 911 call regarding an unconscious man in the rear of a location on 14th Street in Astoria at about 6:57 a.m. Saturday morning. After the FDNY extinguished the flames, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Investigators also discovered that McWhorter had been shot two times on the left side of his body.
The victim’s body was also so badly burned that investigators could only identify McWhorter by a “Sugar Sha” tattoo on his left arm, according to published reports.
According to police, McWhorter, who is from Brooklyn, and McIntosh were in a relationship and had been arguing over problems of infidelity and money prior to the shooting.
Once McIntosh shot McWhorter, she went to get Watkins back at their apartment in the Astoria Houses, to help move the body, but when they couldn’t move it she decided to burn it instead, authorities said.
According to published reports, upon investigating the scene, authorities found a fingernail on the victim’s body and during questioning an investigator noticed McIntosh had only nine out of 10 fingernails.
McIntosh later provided information admitting to shooting McWhorter, police sources said.
Editor’s note: An earlier version, based on information provided by the NYPD, incorrectly identified Dawn McIntosh and Donte Watkins as siblings instead of mother and son, and also initially had the victim’s name as Shawn instead of Shron. We regret any confusion that may have resulted.