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Mother charged with murder after allegedly tossing daughter into Hillsborough River

Mother charged with murder after allegedly tossing daughter into Hillsborough River

Authorities say a 4-year-old girl is dead after a woman believed to be her mother threw her into a Florida river.

A woman is suspected of throwing the child, who died, into the river, the Tampa Police Department said. "Thirty minutes later our dive team, about 75 feet offshore, recovered the body of a young child". Je'Hyrah is delivered to Tampa Fire Rescue and rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital.

The event happened Thursday afternoon to the horror of witnesses who watched the woman wading in the waters of the Hillsborough River and called authorities.

Authorities said Denson stole a gray Nissan Altima from a fix shop before driving to the river.

Tampa police say Denson drove Je'Hyrah Daniels in a stolen vehicle Thursday to the Hillsborough River, waded in with the girl, tossed her into the water, and walked away.

Shakayla Monae Denson, 26, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated abuse in the death of her 4-year-old daughter.

"I just want to provide an update on the situation we had yesterday which was quite frankly, tragic, chaotic and unbelievable", said Chief Dugan.

Upon entering the river, she threw Je'Hyrah in and walked away.

She made it about halfway across the water, then "tossed" the child and retreated to the street, the release said.

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

Denson has a rap sheet filled with minor crimes, including arrests for driving with a suspended license, and theft charges dating back two years.

Neighbor Vicki Walker witnessed the whole thing from the balcony of her condo.

On Jan. 8, 2015, 5-year-old Pheobe was thrown off the Dick Misener Bridge into Tampa Bay by her father, John Jonchuck. It was unclear whether she had an attorney.


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