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Florida mom ruled incompetent for trial in girl’s drowning

December 11, 2018 GMT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman accused of drowning her screaming 4-year-old daughter in a river in Tampa has been declared incompetent to stand trial.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Kimberly Fernandez on Tuesday reviewed reports from three doctors who have examined 26-year-old Shakayla Denson since her August arrest.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the judge’s ruling means Denson will be sent to a state hospital for treatment before the case can continue.


Police have said Denson stole a car Aug. 2 and drove to the Hillsborough River, which runs through Tampa. Then she allegedly dragged her screaming daughter, Je’Hyrah Daniels, into shoulder-deep water and let her go.

Currents swept Je’Hyrah away and she drowned.

Denson was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and grand theft auto.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),