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Special report: The Long Fall of Phoebe Jonchuck

John Jonchuck Jr. drove to the top of the Dick Misener Bridge on the approach to the Sunshine Skyway and dropped his daughter Phoebe into the waters of Tampa Bay on Jan. 8, 2015. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]
Published Jan. 7, 2016

A year ago, a man drove to the top of a bridge, held his 5-year-old daughter over the side and let go.

It was a horrifying act that left a community shaken. He must have been crazy. It was the only thing that made sense. No one could have predicted this, his family said. He loved his daughter, Phoebe. And yet, for years, police had documented violence between Phoebe's parents, and child protection workers had visited her home five times. Seven times, people called the abuse hotline, fearing for her safety. And still, no one stopped it.

Read "The Long Fall of Phoebe Jonchuck" by Times staff writer Lane DeGregory.

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