A 26-year-old mom was charged with homicide after killing her 4-year-old daughter by throwing her in a river and letting her drown, police stated.
In accordance with witnesses, Shakayla Denson waded into the Hillsborough River along with her daughter, Je’Hyrah Daniels on Thursday, August 2nd. Roughly midway throughout the river, she tossed the kid and waded out. Preliminary experiences had stated that Denson allegedly threw the 4-year-old lady off a bridge, however authorities later confirmed that Denson waded in the river earlier than tossing the kid into it.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan confirmed the small print in a information convention Friday morning, describing the lady’s demise as “fairly frankly, tragic, chaotic and simply downright unbelievable, all on the similar time.”
“There are way more questions than there are solutions,” Chief Dugan stated. “It’s a totally tragic occasion. It’s a loopy world we stay in.”
Right here’s what it is advisable learn about Shakayla Denson and Je’Hyrah Daniels:
Jakayla Denson is accused of tossing her struggling and screaming youngster, Je’Hyrah Daniels, right into a river.
Individuals who witnessed this tragic incident firsthand say that they noticed the little lady struggling and heard her screaming earlier than her mom tossed her in the river.
Alongside the banks, passersby turned and stared, telling police later Thursday that they watched the girl drag her daughter from a automobile, throughout the pavement and grass, as much as the sting — after which into — the Hillsborough River.
The lady held the 4-year-old to her chest, witnesses stated, and commenced to scream, too. She waded deeper. When the darkish water reached her shoulders, the mom let go. Because the little lady floated away, witnesses stated they noticed her head and arms rise into view. Then she disappeared.
Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan obtained the decision about Four p.m. and he couldn’t imagine what he was listening to. “I saved considering, nicely perhaps it’s a bag of rubbish,” Dugan stated. “Perhaps anyone didn’t see what they thought they noticed.”
Rescue divers went into the river at 4:16 p.m. and inside minutes, they pulled 4-year-old Je’Hyrah Daniels out of the water. She was pronounced lifeless at 4:49 by docs at St. Joseph’s hospital.
The docs informed police Je’Hyrah seemingly drowned, however nobody would know for certain till an post-mortem was accomplished by the medical expert.
“It’s the craziest world that we stay in at instances,” Chief Dugan stated. “The kid…is sadly now lifeless. The mother is in custody. Proper now we’re sorting by and making an attempt to get some solutions…we’re nonetheless making an attempt to piece this complete factor collectively.”
Witnesses stated Shakayla Denson was appearing surprisingly earlier than the incident, counting out loud and operating down the road “carrying solely a bra and black pants and no sneakers.”
Witnesses stated Denson was appearing bizarrely earlier than and after throwing her daughter into the river.
Eddie Camacho, who owns a enterprise close to the river, informed the Tampa Bay Instances that he noticed Denson operating up and down the road carrying solely a bra and black pants and no sneakers in the rain. He stated he watched her run throughout the road and right into a car parking zone the place she was checking automobile door handles. When he went out to ask her what she was doing, she bumped into the shop and into the again storage space.
Osama Jamil, an worker of the shop, was serving to prospects on the counter however went to the again to research. “It was bizarre,” Jamil stated. “She was again there, washing her face. She was counting out loud, 19, 20, 21. I went again there to see if she was all proper. She didn’t look proper.”
Jamil requested Denson if she was OK, and he or she stopped washing her face and ran previous him after which outdoors behind the constructing.
At a close-by condominium complicated, Shawanda Smith stated she noticed a thin black lady with messy hair, carrying a bra and leggings, throw her stuff into the again of a stranger’s Buick and lock herself in. The proprietor banged on the window till she ran away.
Two hours earlier than Je’Hyrah died, a neighbor noticed her taking part in barefoot outdoors her condominium constructing. She was later noticed outdoors an auto restore store a few half mile away from her residence and her mom was seen yanking her in between parked vehicles.
The store’s proprietor, Abdelrazzaq Abdelrazz, noticed Denson wanting into home windows earlier than she shoved the lady into the again seat of a grey Nissan Altima after which hopped in herself, discovering keys inside. She locked the doorways.
“What are you doing, ma’am?” Abdelrazz recalled asking her. “Open the door!” He then tried to place himself in entrance of the automobile to cease her from leaving, however she pulled the automobile away and rolled over his foot as she drove off.
She then drove to the river the place she dedicated the disturbing act.
Two witnesses informed police they noticed Denson as she “forcefully eliminated Je’Hyrah from the again seat of the Altima by the arm.”
They stated Je’Hyrah was “screaming loudly and never cooperating” as Denson pulled her out of the automobile. Denson then went into the Hillsborough River whereas holding each of Je’Hyrah’s arms till the water reached her shoulders.
Witnesses say Shakayla Denson waded into the Hillsborough River along with her 4-year-old daughter. Roughly midway throughout the river, she tossed the kid and commenced wading out, police say.
— ABC Motion Information (@abcactionnews) August 3, 2018
Vicki Walker gave the above picture of the mom in the river to ABC Motion Information. She informed the TV station that she noticed the girl in the water, however didn’t see the kid, “which was very odd,” she stated. “I’ve lived right here for years, I’ve by no means seen anyone in the river.”
Walker stated that the girl was by herself and that she watched her stroll out of the river onto the financial institution, the place she stated the girl sat for some time. “There’s part of me that’s like ‘oh my gosh, why didn’t I run over there? Why didn’t I discuss to this particular person? Why didn’t I discover out what was happening?’ I had no thought,” Walker added.
Police stated they “shortly positioned the girl suspected of tossing the kid in the water. She was strolling close by and was taken into custody.”
Denson had created a GoFundMe for her daughter who had been identified with autism.
About 9 months in the past, Shakayla Denson created a GoFundMe web page titled “Life with je’hyrah.” It featured a photograph of her and Je’Hyrah with the next caption:
“My daughter was lately diagnose with autism spectrum, my purpose is to begin saving for remedy tools, and in addition for je’hyrah’s future. I’ve additionally gathered curiosity in reaching out to others dwelling with autism, and would take pleasure in offering methods and sources I’ve be taught to assist them get threw the day. Thanks and that i admire it.”
Denson had set a purpose of $1,500, however obtained no donations. The web page has since been deleted and was changed by one began by the lady’s father Jedaric Daniels to assist cowl funeral prices.
“Je’hyrah was a cheerful Four 12 months who’s life was taken away from her so instantly! I’m reaching out to ask for assist with burying my solely babygirl. In my whole 37 years of dwelling, I’ve by no means endured a lot harm in ache. Je’hyrah was identified with Autisum so she required a bit extra love and a spotlight. I beloved her with each bone in my physique. Please assist me lay Je’hyrah to relaxation!! She deserves a correct burial. NO AMOUNT IS TO SMALL!!!”
In accordance with her Fb web page, Denson labored for a healthcare firm and studied to be a registered nurse. She additionally has a felony file, in response to courtroom docs.
On Fb, Kayla Denson referred to herself as “only a youngster of god, a rising [woman] discovering her manner.”
On one other web page, with the identical profile image as the primary, she wrote that she labored at WellCare Well being Plans and studied to turn into a Registered Nurse at Hillsborough Group Faculty.
In accordance with Florida courtroom information, Denson additionally has a felony file, which incorporates arrests for theft and felony site visitors circumstances, corresponding to driving with a suspended license. The theft case dated again to 2016 and was a second-degree misdemeanor.
A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night time (Aug. 4) to recollect 4-year-old Je’Hyrah Daniels. Almost 100 folks gathered close to the grassy financial institution of the Hillsborough River to recollect Je’Hyrah.
“She beloved French fries. She beloved to eat French fries,” stated Adeesha Hailey, a pal of the household who has identified them for over 40 years. Hailey stated she was nonetheless making an attempt to grasp why the little lady is gone.
“She wasn’t a monster,” Hailey stated. “She didn’t beat her child. Nothing like that. We simply have to know what was happening. One thing needed to be happening to go away her child out in the water and float away. We don’t know what made her take her on the market and go away her and simply stroll away. We don’t know.”
Tragedy Daniels, a cousin of Shakayla Denson, stated: “Proper now, we’re feeling upset and making an attempt to do our greatest to get by it and discover assist for one another and the household. Issues are simply stated throughout however deep down, we all know what we felt, what she felt, and that’s not her and we obtained to face by her and assist her one of the best ways we are able to and that’s what we’re right here to do. And we’re going to begin by at this time, by exhibiting assist, for my little cousin and making an attempt to maintain the love going.”
A baby welfare report said that Je’Hyrah Daniels was non-verbal and Denson appeared “overwhelmed and drained” from caring for her. The report additionally stated that Je’Hyrah was fixated on water.
About six weeks previous to Je’Hyrah’s drowning demise, youngster safety employees fielded a report from somebody who claimed Shakayla Denson wasn’t correctly caring for her daughter, the Tampa Bay Instances reported. In accordance with the caller, Je’Hyrah was non-verbal and Denson appeared “overwhelmed and drained” from caring for her.
A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s child-protective investigator wrote in a file of the preliminary report: “It looks as if the mom is upset that she has these disabilities and (she) just isn’t the infant she dreamed of getting.”
On June 19th, somebody referred to as youngster providers to report that Je’Hyrah had wandered off whereas visiting her great-grandmother’s residence and walked to a close-by park. The tipster stated they had been involved that Denson “is at all times drained and sleeping,” in response to the report.
“The mom is well distracted and doesn’t present a lot consideration towards Je’Hyrah,” the tipster said. “She simply lets her run round and do what she desires. She doesn’t appear to have the maturity to deal with the particular wants that Je’Hyrah has.”
Throughout a June 20th go to to the house, an investigator discovered that Je’Hyrah appeared joyful and wholesome. The report said that Je’Hyrah and her mom lived in a two bed room, one rest room condominium that was outfitted with a safety system and had no hazards. The mom and daughter additionally had a small canine, which the investigator stated gave the impression to be pleasant.
Denson informed the investigator that she was shocked that somebody had reported her and described herself as an incredible mom, however admitted that it was tough caring for a special-needs youngster as a single mother or father. She stated she and Je’Hyrah’s father weren’t collectively, however he pays youngster assist when he can, the report said.
Denson denied that Je’Hyrah had ever wandered outdoors of their residence, “however she may be very preoccupied with water and at all times desires to leap in irrespective of the place they’re,” the report said.
The investigator wrote in the report that Je’Hyrah appeared joyful and energetic. She didn’t have any marks or accidents and responded to primary instructions. The report famous that because the investigator and Denson walked by the residence, the lady would comply with them.
The investigator stated Denson informed them her daughter’s autism analysis had modified her life. She stated the lady couldn’t converse and would typically throw tantrums. She stated she saved the alarm in her condominium on to let her know if Je’Hyrah ever tried to wander outdoors. She stated kinfolk helped look after her daughter, however she feared leaving her with others as a result of they won’t know the best way to cope with her habits.
Denson stated she labored Three to Four days per week at McDonald’s however was in search of a work at home job in order that she may spend extra time with Je’Hyrah. She stated her daughter had obtained some behavioral remedy and he or she was engaged on getting her enrolled in the Florida Autism Middle of Excellence (FACE).
“She denied that there’s something unsuitable along with her that will forestall her from having the ability to deal with the kid,” the report said. “She denied that she is simply too immature to look after the kid.”
The investigator additionally met with Denson’s sister, who generally helped watch Je’Hyrah. The aunt stated her niece did attempt to wander generally, however Denson was good about supervising her, and he or she had no considerations for her well-being.
Two of Denson’s neighbors additionally stated that they had no considerations for the lady’s security. The investigator famous in their report that Denson, who had two prior arrests for failure to look in courtroom, confirmed “no sample of violent, impulsive, or regarding habits.”
Investigators checked in once more with Je’Hyrah’s grandmother in late July, and he or she reported that issues had been going nicely. By then, Je’Hyrah was linked with the Middle for Autism and Associated Issues, the place she had been studying to speak by pointing to footage in a ebook. She had additionally been enrolled in the FACE college.
The investigation was closed on July 31st, concluding that there was no proof of maltreatment, abuse or neglect. Two days later, Denson carried her screaming daughter to the Hillsborough River and left her to drown.
Denson was formally charged with homicide in the primary diploma, aggravated youngster abuse and grand theft auto at her first courtroom look on Friday, August third. She was denied bond.