TAMPA, Fla. -- A girl has died after Tampa police say she was thrown into the Hillsborough River Thursday afternoon.
Officials said 911 calls started coming in around 4 p.m. from witnesses saying they'd seen a woman throwing a child into the river. Dive crews and police officers responded to the area near the river and Columbus Drive.
"You can just imagine the Fire Rescue and the police officers who responded to this scene and, you know, the craziness of the world that we live in at times," said Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan.
Divers eventually found the child — a four-year-old girl — unconscious and submerged in the water about 75 feet off shore. She did not survive.
"Eventually, we just saw the scuba divers out there pulling up with a body," said resident Romano Muniz. "Then everybody going full attack mode to make sure she got in the ambulance and then taken to St. Joe's."
Officers located a woman believed to be the child's mother walking nearby and took her into custody.
"Unfortunately at this point there are more questions than there are answers," Dugan said.
"As the lady came back and came onshore, she tried to walk down our street here, and some other neighbor called the police, called 911, and the police were able to apprehend her before she got far," said resident Victor DiMaio.
Officials said investigators have been interviewing the woman for several hours. Police are also working to locate other family members.
No names have been released thus far.
As the neighborhood mourns, the "why" of it all remains unclear.
"It's really sad," said resident Vicki Walker. "I don't know the circumstances, I don't know what's happening in their lives, but it's killing me. It's really hard."