Tampa Mother Who Dropped Daughter In River To Remain In Jail

Tampa Mother Who Dropped Daughter In River To Remain In Jail

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A woman accused of throwing her four-year-old daughter into a Florida river to drown has been denied bail on first-degree murder charges.

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 child, later identified as Je'Hyrah Daniels, was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police responded to the scene and believe that the woman is believed to be the girl's mother.

Witnesses observed her forcefully remove a child from the backseat, dragging the child by the arm, headed toward the Hillsborough River, police said.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said at the scene witnesses were "shaken up" when they phoned the department about the horrific incident.

"Unfortunately, at this point, there are more questions than there are answers", said Dugan. "It's a insane world we live in", Dugan said.

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"My brain knows I couldn't have done anything but my heart aches knowing a child died right there and I watched her mother walk away from it", she told the Times. She told the paper Denson "didn't care" about her daughter.

Neighbor Vicki Walker witnessed the whole thing from the balcony of her condo.

She is said to have been carrying the Christian holy book and wearing a bra, with her legs reportedly covered in grass or seaweed.

A member of the Tampa police dive team found the girl's unconscious body about 75 feet from shore.

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.

In 2015, police say a man threw his 5-year-old daughter to her death off the Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg.

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