Florida never disappoints when it comes to shocking and outrageous stories and the ongoing case of a man named John Jonchuk is following suit.
St. Petersburg police are saying they actually witnessed him throw his five-year-old daughter from a bridge, eventually killing her.
A St. Petersburg police officer who was heading home just after midnight tried to stop a PT Cruiser that passed him going about 100 mph. The officer said the car stopped on the approach to the Skyway bridge and he saw a man get out and throw a child over the rail into Tampa Bay. The officer said the man then got back into his car and drove south.
Rescue crews arrived and pulled the little girl from the water. But Phoebe Jonchuk died at 2:44 a.m. at a hospital. Her father, John Jonchuk, was stopped by Manatee Sheriff’s deputies about 30 minutes later.
He was returned to St. Petersburg for questioning and was being booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday morning.
St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolando Fernandez said rescuers tried to resuscitate the child.
Jonchuk also faces charges of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer and aggravated fleeing and eluding police.
Not saying his mug shot indicates guilt but it sure doesn’t do him any favors, either. It’s also worth nothing that St. Petersburg was named the “saddest place to live” in America a few years ago. Apparently nothing much has changed.