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Questions Remain A Year After Phoebe's Death

Phoebe Jonchuck

  It was a year ago Friday that most people first heard of John Jonchuck and the horrific death of his five year-old daughter, Phoebe.

The father is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase to a bridge approaching the Sunshine Skyway, and dropping Phoebe into the cold Tampa Bay waters six stories below. His PT Cruiser blasted through the tollbooth just before stopping.


Today, Jonchuck is in a state mental hospital, found incompetent to stand trial.

WUSF's Mary Shedden spoke with Lane Degregory of the Tampa Bay Times, which on Thursday releases a report on how Phoebe's family and the state's Department of Children and Families failed to prevent the little girl's death.


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