A 25-year-old Florida-based father, John Jonchuck Jr. is currently being held at a county jail after killing his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, by throwing her off a bridge.
CNN reports that during a video hearing, Jonchuck was asked whether he would like a lawyer appointed for him, as he was unable to hire his own lawyer. In response he stated that he did not need a lawyer. “I want to leave it in the hands of God,” he said.
The accused was arrested on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Florida, after police discovered him driving at 100 mph. Officers followed him, attempting to stop him. He then parked on the Dick Misener Bridge, and the officers ordered him to remain in the car.
Disobeying the order, he got out of the car, took his daughter from the back seat and then carried her to the side of the bridge. He then dropped her into the water below, and subsequently entered the vehicle and fled the scene.
Officers tried to save the girl but the water current was too strong. Her body was later recovered.
Eventually, they caught up with Jonchuck and arrested him.
He is currently in custody at Pinellas County Jail. Authorities are yet to reveal a motive for his actions.
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