A wicked mother has been charged with first-degree felony murder after she tossed her 4-year-old daughter into a Florida river.
26-year-old Shakayla Denson, of Tampa, was also charged with aggravated child abuse and grand theft auto over the shocking incident which occurred on Thursday afternoon.
Authorities in Tampa say Denson stole a car Thursday afternoon from a sales lot and forced her daughter inside. As she drove away, she knocked over a bystander who tried to stop her.
About 40 minutes later, the car pulled up to the Hillsborough River, which runs through Tampa. Witnesses told police that Denson dragged the screaming girl to the water, waded in until she was shoulder deep and pushed the girl into the current to float away.
According to Orlando Sentinel, her daughter Je’Hyrah Daniels was seen struggling in the water, her head and hands rising as she was swept away. Rescue divers pulled her from the water about 30 minutes later. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Denson was arrested while walking near where the child was dumped in the river, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said.
“Unfortunately, at this point, there are a lot more questions than answers,” said Dugan, who called the situation a “completely tragic event.
“It’s a crazy world we live in,” he said.
Denson who also has previous arrests for driving with a suspended license and theft charges dating back two years ago will face the death penalty if convicted.
In her mugshot, Denson appeared to show no remorse for the callout act as she was pictured smiling.