Mother charged with murder after allegedly throwing 4-year-old daughter in river


Tampa police have charged a mother with first-degree murder after police say she tossed her daughter into the Hillsborough River, killing her.

Shakayla Denson was arrested and charged with first-degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of 4-year-old Je’Hyrah Daniels. She also faces a charge of grand theft auto.

Tampa Police officers got reports of the incident Thursday (8/2) afternoon.  The dive team also responded to the scene where they pulled the young child from the water around 4:30 p.m. She was discovered approximately 75 feet from the shore. Emergency services rushed her to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police found the 26 year old Denson walking nearby and took her into custody.

Investigators say Denson had just stolen a car, parked it near the river, waded into the water and tossed her child.

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