Mom accused of killing daughter had been previously cleared

The mother of a 4-year-old girl was charged with murder after throwing the child into the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida.

According to Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, police received a call about a woman who had possibly thrown a child into the river near Rome Avenue and Aileen Street. Emergency services rushed the girl to St. Joseph's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

According to Spectrum Bay News 9, authorities were notified of an emergency at the Hillsborough River along Columbus Drive on Thursday afternoon.

Police spokesman Steve Hegarty told the Times that police arrested the woman after she was found walking close to the scene.

Tampa police say the investigation has determined that Denson stole a grey Nissan Altima from an auto fix shop before forcefully putting JeHyrah in the back seat.

Cops said Denson stole a vehicle from a local auto shop and drove it to the river, where she parked and then waded into the waters with the small child.

According to Tampa police, Shakayla Denson, 26, had just stolen a Nissan Altima from an auto fix shop when she parked it near the bridge and went into the water carrying her daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels. "It's the craziness of the world we live in at this time". Rescue divers pulled her from the water about 30 minutes later.

A GoFundMe page that was created by Denson in October 2017 stated Je'Hyrah was diagnosed with autism, the report said. She is also charged with child abuse and grand theft auto.

Neighbor Vicki Walker witnessed the whole thing from the balcony of her condo.

Denson has a rap sheet filled with minor crimes, including arrests for driving with a suspended license, and theft charges dating back two years.

Police say the girl was approximately 4 years old.

"Our hearts hurt for the loss of Je'Hyrah Daniels", Sheriff's Office spokesman Danny Alvarez stated.

It remains unclear whether the girl was already dead when she was thrown into the river.

  • Jon Douglas