Tampa woman accused of drowning daughter in Hillsborough River due in court

May - 03
2019

Tampa woman accused of drowning daughter in Hillsborough River due in court

Shakayla Denson was ruled incompetent last year to stand trial and the case couldn’t continue until she got mental treatment, but now she’s back in the county jail ahead of Friday’s court hearing.

Court documents indicate doctors finished an evaluation and could have an update on the case Friday.

Police Chief Brian Dugan called the whole thing, “tragic, chaotic, and unbelievable.”

Witnesses saw Denson steal a car from a car lot and shoved her daughter Je’Hyrah into the back seat.

Police said Denson then drove to the river, dragged her screaming daughter out of the car and walked into the water.

Witnesses also saw Denson pull Je’Hyra in for a hug, release her daughter into the water, turned and walked away.

Denson was ruled incompetent to stand trial back in December and the case couldn’t continue until she got mental treatment.

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