Saturday, September 22, 2018
Public safety

Timeline: Tampa woman throws her daughter in Hillsborough River, police say

Friday afternoon, the Tampa Police Department released a timeline of events that concluded in the arrest of Shakayla Denson in the murder of her 4-year-old daughter, Je’Hyrah Daniels. The following is what happened, according to police.

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3:09 p.m. — Shakayla Denson stole a 2007 Nissan Altima from a car lot at 5604 N 40th St.

Witnesses say they observed Denson pushing her 4-year-old daughter, Je’Hyrah Daniels, into the backseat of the car. One witness attempted to intervene and was struck by the car but not injured.

4:00 p.m. — A witness said they saw Denson exiting the Nissan Altima near the intersection of N Rome Avenue and W Aileen Street. Witnesses observed her forcefully remove Je’Hyrah from the backseat, dragging the child by the arm as she headed toward the Hillsborough River.

Witnesses say Denson grabbed Je’Hyrah with both arms and pulled her close to her chest as the mother waded deeper into the water.

The water was near the top of the Denson’s shoulders when she released Je’Hyrah into the water. Denson then turned around and headed back to the shore.

4:16 p.m. — Denson walked southbound along N Rome Avenue. She was detained by Tampa Police Department officers near 2301 N Oregon Avenue. Officers then searched the river and dive team arrived and began its search.

4:30 p.m. — The dive team located Je’Hyrah unconscious in the water. Je’Hyrah was then rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

4:49 p.m. — Je’Hyrah Daniels was declared dead.

5:50 p.m. — Witnesses positively identified Shakayla Denson as the woman who dragged the child into the Hillsborough River.

10:30 p.m. — Denson was arrested and faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and grand theft auto.

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