Child dies after reportedly being thrown into river; mother suspected

Posted at 7:44 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 19:44:14-04

TAMPA, Fla. (WFTS) – Divers in Tampa, Florida pulled the body of a child from the Hillsborough River after witnesses reported seeing a woman throw the child into the water.

Tampa Police officers responded to the scene at N. Rome Avenue and W. Aileen Street around 4:06 p.m. Thursday.

The dive team also responded to the scene where they pulled the female child from the water around 4:30 p.m. She was discovered approximately 75 feet from the shore. Emergency services rushed the girl to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Tampa Police say they have the woman in custody and believe she is the child’s mother. She was located walking not far from the scene. Police say the girl was approximately 4 years old.

The identity of the woman and child have not been released at this time.