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Dad Accused of Throwing Daughter Over Bridge Due in Court

Dad Accused of Throwing Daughter Over Bridge Due in Court
Posted at 4:52 AM, Feb 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-17 04:52:00-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of throwing his daughter over a Tampa bridge is set to appear in court.

John Jonchuck has a history of mental illness and was found incompetent to stand trial last week. He is slated to appear at a hearing Tuesday. If the court rules in line with the doctors' reports, Jonchuck would likely be sent to a hospital for six months before his case returns to court for another status check.

Jonchuck was arrested Jan. 8 after authorities said he dropped 5-year-old Phoebe more than 60 feet off a bridge during what appeared to be a psychotic break.

A report released by a state task force determined the people and agencies meant to help children in need failed the family nearly every step of the way before Phoebe's death.