Tampa police: 4-year-old girl dead after being thrown into river

Tampa police: 4-year-old girl dead after being thrown into river

Tampa police divers recovered the body of a 4-year-old girl they believe was thrown into the Hillsborough River this afternoon by the girl's mother.

Dugan said Denson waded into the river until the water level reached her shoulders, and that's where she let go of Je'Hyrah and swam back to the bank as the child drifted under.

Je'Hyrah was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police say she drove to the bridge on Thursday but right now they have more questions than answers about this crime.

Denson was apprehended while walking near where the child was dumped in the river, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said.

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. She then parked the vehicle, and witnesses told police she waded into the Hillsborough River with her child. She is now at the jail awaiting processing.

"We have a few witnesses that called us", he said.

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Upon entering the river, she threw Je'Hyrah in and walked away.

Denson was ordered Friday held without bail on a first-degree murder charge.

Je'Hyrah Daniels, 4, was diagnosed with autism.

Some witnesses said they could see the girl's hands above the water - then they disappeared. "I don't know the circumstances, I don't know what's happening in their lives, but it's killing me".

The identity of the woman and child have not been released at this time. She was later identified as 26-year-old Shakayla Denson. Witnesses saw her do it, investigators said.

The incident is similar to a January 2015 case where John Jonchuck Jr., then 25, allegedly threw his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, off the Dick Misener Bridge in St. Petersburg.

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