Woman threw young daughter into river, killing her

Aug 07, 2018, 00:44
Woman threw young daughter into river, killing her

Tampa Police have charged a woman with first degree murder in connection with the death of a 4-year-old girl who the woman allegedly tossed into the Hillsborough River.

Denson is accused of stealing a car from an auto fix shop, then parking the vehicle, walking into the river at about 4 p.m. and leaving her daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels, in the water. At one time, both the child and the mother were screaming, according to officials.

Tampa Police say they have the woman in custody and believe she is the child's mother.

Tampa police say 26-year-old Shakayla Denson threw 4-year-old Je'Hyrah Daniels into the water around 4 p.m.

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"It's a completely tragic event", Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan told reporters at the scene, adding investigators were still trying to make sense of what happened and why.

"We have a few witnesses that called us", he said.

About halfway across the river, with the water near the top of her shoulders, Denson released the child, turned around and waded back to the shore.

CBS Tampa affiliate WTSP reports that Denson is accused of stealing a car from an auto fix shop, then parking the vehicle near Hillsborough River.

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"They were fully clothed which was the other very odd thing to me".

Witnesses say Denson waded into the Hillsborough River with her child. She was found walking near the river.

A member of the TPD dive team discovered the unconscious child underwater at about 4:30 p.m., according to police. "Then everybody going full attack mode to make sure she got in the ambulance and then taken to St. Joe's".

The incident is similar to a January 2015 case where John Jonchuck Jr., then 25, allegedly threw his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, off the Dick Misener Bridge in St. Petersburg.

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Je'Hyrah Daniels, 4, was diagnosed with autism. He said he saw crews pull the girl's "lifeless" body from the river.