Police: Dad refuses rescue efforts after forcing daughter to jump into river

(Metro PD) 

Metro Police said a dad was charged after forcing his 12-year-old daughter to jump into the Cumberland River -- then tried to refuse getting her rescued.

Stephen William Comiskey is charged with reckless endangerment. He was released from Davidson County Jail Wednesday morning.

According to an affidavit, it happened back on Aug. 6 when Comiskey left his home at about 1 a.m. with his daughter in-tow.

Police said Comiskey was traveling in the wrong direction on I-24 westbound. When they got to the Silliman Evans Bridge, Comiskey and the girl got out of the van and allegedly walked to the edge of the bridge where Comiskey told the girl they would have to jump in the Cumberland River "to protect themselves."

Police said the two counted down and jumped into the water together.

But when rescue boats arrived, the affidavit accused Comiskey of telling his daughter they would not be getting into that boat and wouldn’t allow her to swim towards the boat to be rescued.

Police said Comiskey did allow the child to be rescued -- but only when she said she was tired and couldn’t swim any longer.

Police say the girl wasn't harmed and is in the care of the Department of Children Services.

Comiskey was hospitalized and released. He was arrested atTuesday night and is free on $15,000 bond.

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