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Child pulled from Hillsborough River in Tampa river dies, woman in custody

Child pulled from Hillsborough River in Tampa river dies, woman in custody

A mother is facing charges after detectives said she waded into the Hillsborough River and dropped her 4-year-old daughter into it.

Tampa police say Denson stole a auto Thursday afternoon from a sales lot and forced her daughter inside.

Doctors at a nearby hospital pronounced the girl dead about 4:50 p.m.

Neither the woman nor child have been identified publicly.

Police said they have found the woman suspected of tossing the child in the water.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office issued a statement Friday saying in June and July it investigated 26-year-old Shakayla Denson's treatment of her daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels, but found no signs of maltreatment, abuse, or neglect.

"Unfortunately", Dugan said, "when you're dealing with these tragic situations, we tend to have more questions than answers.we still have a tremendous amount of information to sift through".

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

Police said Denson stole a vehicle from Jordan Auto Repair.

Denson had recently sought help for her daughter who she said was on the autism spectrum.

"Our dive team responded, we had units here immediately", Dugan said.

Upon entering the river, she threw Je'Hyrah in and walked away. They were by themselves in the river so I don't know why I took a picture.

This is not the first time someone has allegedly drowned a child in a Tampa-area river.

"The water was then near the top of (the mother's shoulders) when she released Je'Hyrah into the water". Her body was discovered about two hours later.

The incident is similar to a January 2015 case where John Jonchuck Jr., then 25, allegedly threw his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, off the Dick Misener Bridge in St. Petersburg.