Girl, 4, dead after being thrown into Florida 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.

According to a Tampa Police Department press release, Denson had stolen a grey auto with which she drove herself and her daughter to the Hillsborough river on Thursday.

Tampa police say Denson drove Je'Hyrah Daniels in a stolen vehicle Thursday to the Hillsborough River, waded in with the girl, tossed her into the water, and walked away.

Tampa Police responded to the scene along the Hillsborough River, which runs through Downtown Tampa and retrieved the child, who was eventually pronounced dead, Thursday afternoon.

Police quickly found Denson walking nearby. She's since been charged with first degree felony murder, aggravated child abuse and grand theft auto.

"Unfortunately, at this point, there are more questions than there are answers", said Dugan. At one time, both the child and the mother were screaming, according to officials.

"They were fully clothed which was the other very odd thing to me".

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They added: 'Then Denson began to scream, too, as she picked up the girl, pulled her close to her chest and walked farther from the riverbank into deeper water'.

The report says someone accused Benson of being overwhelmed by the challenges of raising the child as a single mother and would pay little attention to Je'Hyrah, allowing her to wander off without supervision.

Police say the child is believed to be 4 years of age.

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

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

A member of the TPD dive team discovered the unconscious child underwater at about 4:30 p.m., according to police. The child is believed to be the woman's 4-year-old daughter.

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