Little girl dies after mother drowns her in Florida river

Little girl dies after mother drowns her in Florida river

Little girl dies after mother drowns her in Florida river

The mother of a 4-year-old girl was charged with murder after throwing the child into the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida. Police said she then she walked into the river at about 4 p.m. and left her daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels, in the water.

The child was believed to be with a woman that, police said, was her mother.

Police quickly found Denson walking nearby.

Shakayla Denson, 26, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels.

In a press conference Friday, Chief of Police Brian Dugan called the incident tragic and unbelievable while giving an update on the investigation. "We're still digging into Denson and what her state of mind is", said Dugan.

The child was pulled from the water and died at the hospital.

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Authorities said Denson stole a gray Nissan Altima from a fix shop before driving to the river. Benson told investigators her daughter was in elementary school and she was trying to get her into therapy and enrollment in an autism center. ". they felt paralyzed by the whole thing". One witness attempted to intervene and was slightly struck by the vehicle, police said.

At around 4:30 p.m., Tampa police divers recovered the girl's body from the river about 75 feet from the shore.

She was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail shortly before midnight on charges of murder, aggravated child abuse and grand theft auto, records show. "She is in custody, but has provided little information at this point". "I don't know the circumstances, I don't know what's happening in their lives, but it's killing me".

In a similar 2015 case, police say a man threw his 5-year-old daughter to her death off the Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg as an officer tried to stop him.

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

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