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Doctors say man who threw child off bridge incompetent

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Feb 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-10 11:00:00-05

LARGO, Fla. (AP) - A man accused of throwing his daughter off a bridge has been found incompetent to stand trial.

John Jonchuck appeared in court Tuesday. The case has been reset for a status check on Feb. 17.

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.

He has a history of mental health issues.

On Monday, a report released by a state task force determined the people and agencies meant to help children in need failed Phoebe nearly every step of the way before her death.

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