Florida mom ruled incompetent for trial in girl’s drowning
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.), http://www.tampabay.com.