Child pulled from Tampa river dies, woman in custody

Police said a 4-year-old girl died after her mother threw her into a Florida river

Tampa police divers recovered the body of a 4-year-old girl who was thrown into the Hillsborough River on Thursday.

Tampa police say Denson stole a vehicle Thursday afternoon from a sales lot and forced her daughter inside.

Rescue divers pulled the unconcious girl from the water almost half an hour later and she was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police responded to the scene and believe that the woman is believed to be the girl's mother.

Police officers found Denson walking nearby minutes later.

Tampa police say the woman, Shakayla Denson, 26, was arrested on several charges, including first-degree felony murder in the death of her daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels.

"Unfortunately at this point, there are a lot more questions than answers", said Dugan, who called the situation a "completely tragic event" during a Thursday news conference. "We're still digging into Denson and what her state of mind is", said Dugan.

She said she didn't see a child, but thought something wasn't right.




The water was near the top of the Denson's shoulders when she released Je'Hyrah into the water, police said. Authorities say they were on scene immediately and the dive team began a frantic search. She is also charged with child abuse and grand theft auto.

Upon entering the river, she threw Je'Hyrah in and walked away. After getting halfway across the river, tossed her child and headed back to shore.

Police say this remains an active investigation.

In 2015, police say a man threw his 5-year-old daughter to her death off the Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg. "Then everybody going full attack mode to make sure she got in the ambulance and then taken to [the hospital]".

Je'Hyrah Daniels, 4, was diagnosed with autism.

This is not the first time someone has allegedly drowned a child in a Tampa-area river.

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