Records portray troubled days before little girl’s death

Author: Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Court records in the case of a man who is charged with throwing his daughter off a bridge portray a father who was mentally unraveling in the days before her death.

The Tampa Bay Times reports ( that the records show a troubled portrait of John Jonchuck, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 5-year-old daughter Phoebe.

A judge in February found him mentally incompetent, incapable of fully understanding the charges he faces. He is receiving treatment. When he regains competency, the case can resume.

Jonchuck claimed he was God and became obsessed with bridge jumpers and asked a priest for an exorcism. He sent friends strange texts and acted so erratically that a family lawyer called 911 just 13 hours before Phoebe died.

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