Shakayla Denson Arrested After Throwing Daughter, 4, Into Florida River, Police Say

Police said a 4-year-old girl died after her mother threw her into a Florida river

Police said a 4-year-old girl died after her mother threw her into a Florida river

A Tampa woman is being held without bond on first-degree murder charges after she allegedly dragged her 4-year-old daughter into the Hillsborough River and left the girl to drown.

Officials in Tampa say the body of a small child was recovered following a report that a woman threw the child from a bridge.

She was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Police said they have found the woman suspected of tossing the child in the water.

Dugan said Shakayla Denson, 26, stole a vehicle from Jordan Auto Repair on N. 40th Street, a short distance from her apartment, just after 3 p.m. Thursday.

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

Horrified witnesses saw Denson wade out of the river after carrying the girl into the current and pushing her under, watching as she flailed and floated away.

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"We have a few witnesses that called us", he said. She was located walking not far from the scene.

She made it about halfway across the water, then "tossed" the child and retreated to the street, the release said. Benson told investigators her daughter was in elementary school and she was trying to get her into therapy and enrollment in an autism center.

"Our dive team responded, we had units here immediately", Dugan said.

"I feel for the witnesses, the sense of helplessness they had", Dugan said.

This is not the first time someone has allegedly drowned a child in a Tampa-area river. They were by themselves in the river so I don't know why I took a picture.

Tampa Bay Times reports that a 4-year-old girl died after being thrown from a bridge in Tampa.

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