5-year-old girl thrown off Skyway in Florida, found dead by Coast Guard

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (January 8, 2014) – A 5-year-old girl is dead after being thrown off the Skyway in St. Petersburg early Thursday morning by her father.

According to Fox 13, just after midnight a Chrysler PT Cruiser passed a St. Petersburg Police Officer on the Skyway Bridge going about 100 MPH.

The officer then saw the driver stop and throw a child over the side of the rail into the water.

The man got back into the car and drove off until Manatee County authorities stopped him about 30 minutes later.

Fox 13 reports that the Coast Guard was called to help search for the child. The child was found just after 1:30 a.m. and was transported to the marina.

About an hour later, the St. Petersburg Police announced that the child was dead.

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