Mother accused of killing daughter by throwing her into Hillsborough River

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A bible-wielding mother drove a stolen vehicle into a river, then deliberately tossed her screaming four year-old daughter into its waters to drown, police say.

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.

Police responded to the bridge on West Columbus Drive around 4 p.m. Thursday after witnesses reported seeing a woman wade into the water and throw a child into the river. Je'Hyrah is delivered to Tampa Fire Rescue and rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital.

Police say they've located the woman and taken her into custody.

After ditching the Nissan Altima, which she allegedly stole from an auto shop, Denson is accused of wading halfway across the body of water, before jettisoning her daughter.

Shakayla Denson, 26, also faces aggravated child abuse and grand theft auto charges. She is now at the jail awaiting processing.

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"It's a insane world we live in", he said.

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

Denson had recently sought help for her daughter who she said was on the autism spectrum. ". they felt paralyzed by the whole thing". He said he saw crews pull the girl's "lifeless" body from the river.

The Sheriff's Office released a statement Friday afternoon saying that on June 19, their Child Protection Investigation Division looked into a report of "inadequate supervision" against Denson. "I don't know the circumstances, I don't know what's happening in their lives, but it's killing me". She was arrested nearby.

Police say the girl was approximately 4 years old.

That's when she shrugged off the child and swam back to shore, leaving the girl to drown.

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