Mother threw 4-year-old daughter into river, killing her

A Tampa woman has been arrested for murder after she allegedly threw her 4-year-old daughter into a river, police said. She then drove to the Hillsborough River, waded into the water with her daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels, and left her there, according to police.

Je'Hyrah was pronounced dead at the hospital. It is believed that the woman who threw the child from the bridge is the mother of the girl. "Both witness #3 and #4 observed the defendant walk into the water with the child by arm and the defendant began to scream loudly", said the affidavit.

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

The incident sparked a flurry of 911 calls, with eyewitness Romano Muniz, 31, watching as rescue crews pulled the child's "lifeless" body from the water after.

Authorities said Denson stole a gray Nissan Altima from a fix shop before driving to the river.

She forcefully pushed her daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels, into the vehicle. She was located walking not far from the scene. The report adds that the little girl was discovered unconscious about 75 feet offshore. Witnesses saw her do it, investigators said.

She was taken into custody and charged with murder.

She was arrested on several charges, including first-degree felony murder in the death of Je'Hyrah.

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. "We're going to have to figure out what her mindset was that took her and put her in a place where she would leave a four-year-old to drown in the Hillsborough River".

In January 2015, a father allegedly threw his 5-year-old daughter off the Dick Misener Bridge in St. Petersburg.

  • Rogelio Becker