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St. Petersburg police say girl dies after suspect threw her from bridge into Tampa Bay

  • This booking photo provided by the Pinellas County Jail shows John Jonchuck. The 25-year-old faces a first-degree murder charge after throwing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge on the approach to the Sunshine Skyway, early Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Pinellas County Jail)

    This booking photo provided by the Pinellas County Jail shows John Jonchuck. The 25-year-old faces a first-degree murder charge after throwing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge on the approach to the Sunshine Skyway, early Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Pinellas County Jail)  (The Associated Press)

  • This image provided by the Pinellas County Jail shows a booking photo of John Nicholas Jonchuck Jr. The 25 year-old faces a first-degree murder charge after throwing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge on the approach to the Sunshine Skyway early Thursday morning Jan. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Pinellas County Jail)

    This image provided by the Pinellas County Jail shows a booking photo of John Nicholas Jonchuck Jr. The 25 year-old faces a first-degree murder charge after throwing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge on the approach to the Sunshine Skyway early Thursday morning Jan. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Pinellas County Jail)  (The Associated Press)

  • John Nicholas Jonchuck appears on a video monitor before Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Michael Andrews Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 in Tampa, Fla.  Jonchuck, 25,  drove toward a bridge over Tampa Bay pulled his car over early Thursday, took his 5-year-old daughter from the back seat, pressed her head to his chest, and tossed her over the rail, according to police in St. Petersburg. He faces first-degree murder charges.  (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, John Pendygraft, Pool)

    John Nicholas Jonchuck appears on a video monitor before Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Michael Andrews Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 in Tampa, Fla. Jonchuck, 25, drove toward a bridge over Tampa Bay pulled his car over early Thursday, took his 5-year-old daughter from the back seat, pressed her head to his chest, and tossed her over the rail, according to police in St. Petersburg. He faces first-degree murder charges. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, John Pendygraft, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

St. Petersburg police say a girl has died after being thrown from a bridge into Tampa Bay and a suspect is in custody.

Public information officer Yolanda Fernandez told The Associated Press that rescuers who found the girl attempted to resuscitate her. She was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead early Thursday morning. She was not immediately identified.

Fernandez said in an earlier statement that a St. Petersburg police officer saw a person throw the girl in the water.

She said the officer was initiating a traffic stop of a speeding vehicle around midnight. She says the officer saw the driver stop on a bridge on the approach to the Sunshine Skyway and throw the child over.

The driver was apprehended and is in custody.