Child thrown into Tampa river; mother charged with murder

Child thrown into Tampa river; mother charged with murder

Child thrown into Tampa river; mother charged with murder

A bible-wielding mother drove a stolen vehicle into a river, then deliberately tossed her screaming four year-old daughter into its waters to drown, police say.

Tampa police say Shakayla Denson, 26, tossed her daughter into a river. Search and dive teams responded immediately and found the body of a young girl approximately 30 minutes after the initial report. She was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and was pronounced dead by 4:49 p.m.

Police discovered an unconscious child submerged in Hillsborough River on August 2, 2018, in Tampa, Fla.

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

Investigators later determined that Denson had stolen a auto just prior to when she was spotted by witnesses wading into the river. "It's the craziness of the world we live in at this time". She was walking not far from the scene. Witnesses say the mother grabbed Je'Hyrah by both arms and pulled her close to her chest as she waded deeper into the water.

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"My daughter was recently diagnose with autism spectrum, my goal is to start saving for therapy equipment, and also for je'hyrah's future". Witnesses were shaken up, the police chief said. ". they felt paralyzed by the whole thing". Her body was discovered about two hours later. "I don't know the circumstances, I don't know what's happening in their lives, but it's killing me.

The water was then near the top of (the mother's shoulders) when she released Je'Hyrah into the water".

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

The murder mimics that of a January 2015 case, when an unfit father threw his five-year-old daughter 60 feet off a bridge in Tampa Bay.

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