Tampa police: Woman threw young daughter into river, killing her

Aaron Brown
August 7, 2018

A 26-year-old mother was charged with murder after wading into the Hillsborough River and dropping her 4-year-old daughter in the water, detectives said. At about 4:30 p.m., a member of the Tampa Police dive team found the unconscious girl submerged about 75 feet offshore. The child was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police got multiple calls about the incident and were able to quickly find Denson, who was walking nearby.

Police say she had stolen a vehicle - a grey Nissan Altima - from a auto lot in St. Petersburg earlier 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. "It's a insane world we live in". Roughly halfway across the river, she tossed Daniels and began wading out.

She said she didn't see a child, but thought something wasn't right.

The water was near the top of the Denson's shoulders when she released Je'Hyrah into the water, police said.

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Vicki Walker, who says she noticed Denson in the water, told The Tampa Bay Times the woman started to cry once she made it to shore.

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

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

Police say the girl was approximately 4 years old.

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