Mom charged with murder after allegedly tossing daughter into river

Mom charged with murder after allegedly tossing daughter into river

Mom charged with murder after allegedly tossing daughter into river

The Tampa Police Department received a report around 4 p.m. Thursday that Denson threw her 4-year-old daughter into the river near the Columbus Drive Bridge.

WFLA reported that witnesses told police Denson stole a auto from a vehicle lot, forced her daughter into the back seat, drove to the Hillsborough River, then dragged the screaming girl into the water and released her.

The little girl's mother was charged with first-degree murder later Thursday night.

The woman was taken into custody after being found walking away from the scene, Dugan said, but he could not provide any more details.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said afterwards: 'There are much more questions than there are answers. "It's a insane world we live in", Dugan said. "That's why I say we believe it's her child, but we are trying to piece this whole thing together".

The water was near the top of the Denson's shoulders when she released Je'Hyrah into the water, police said. "She starts dragging Je'Hyrah by the arm and heads toward the Hillsborough River". Two witnesses said the child was "forcefully pushed" into the backseat.


At around 4:30 p.m. on August 2, about 30 minutes after the woman allegedly threw the girl in the water, a police dive team "discovered an unconscious child submerged about 75 feet offshore", the department stated.

"It's really sad. I don't know the circumstances, I don't know what's going on in their lives, but it's killing me."
She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

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

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

Witnesses reported that the child, later identified as Denson's 4-year-old daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels, was screaming, police said.

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