Authorities say a woman threw her 4-year-old daughter into a Florida river, killing the child. Witnesses say she waded into the Hillsborough River with her child and, roughly halfway across the river, she tossed the child and began wading out.
Police responded to the bridge on West Columbus Drive around 4 p.m. on Thursday after witnesses reported seeing a woman throw a child into the river. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. "It's hard to believe that somebody would steal a auto with a child and then leave them to drown in the Hillsborough River".
Officers said they found Denson walking near the scene.
A witness called Tampa police about 4 p.m.to report a woman tossing a child off a bridge over the Hillsborough River, Chief Brian Dugan told WTSP.
Investigators later determined that Denson had stolen a auto just prior to when she was spotted by witnesses wading into the river.
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Je'Hyrah Daniels was allegedly hurled to her death in a deep river by her mother Shakayla Denson (Picture: Facebook) Denson has been charged with first-degree murder over the horrific crime. Police say she then dropped her daughter in the water and walked away. She told the paper Denson "didn't care" about her daughter.
Denson has also been charged with aggravated child abuse and grand theft motor vehicle. Two witnesses said the child was "forcefully pushed" into the backseat.
The water is said to have reached the level of Denson's shoulders when she let go of Je'Hyrah. The report adds that the little girl was discovered unconscious about 75 feet offshore.
Je'Hyrah Daniels, 4, was diagnosed with autism.
In 2015, police say a man threw his 5-year-old daughter to her death off the Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg.