5-Year-Old Was Alive When Father Threw Her From Florida Bridge, Police Say

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John Jonchuck Jr. is seen after his arrest. (Credit: CNN)

John Jonchuck Jr. is seen after his arrest. (Credit: CNN)

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A 5-year-old girl who was thrown from a Florida bridge on Thursday was alive before her father allegedly dropped her into the Tampa Bay, police said Friday.

While they offered no additional details, St. Petersburg, Florida, police released a statement on Friday saying “preliminary evidence” had confirmed that Phoebe Jonchuck was still alive when her father, John Jonchuck, dropped her from the Dick Misener Bridge during a confrontation with a police officer on Thursday morning.

 Police in St. Petersburg, Florida said John Jonchuck, Jr., 25, threw his 5-year-old daughter from the Dick Misener Bridge Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Police said Jonchuck Jr. reached into the back seat, grabbed his little girl, held her under the arms and then threw her over the railing and into the water. The body of the girl was later recovered. (Credit: St. Petersburg Police Department via CNN)
Police in St. Petersburg, Florida said John Jonchuck, Jr., 25, threw his 5-year-old daughter from the Dick Misener Bridge Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. (Credit: St. Petersburg Police Department via CNN)

Jonchuck, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder and several other offenses. He has refused an attorney and has not spoken to police.

“I want to leave it in the hands of God,” he told a judge on Thursday.

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