Girl's body found in boiler; dad charged, Ana

March 26, 2008 5:17:40 AM PDT
A Bronx building supervisor has been found fit to stand trial on charges of strangling his 14-year-old daughter and stuffing her body into a burning furnace boiler.

But Miguel Matias' lawyer is calling for more psychological evaluations. Attorney Roy Schwartz says his client has a history of mental problems. Police say he was institutionalized after trying to set a car on fire with his children inside in Pennsylvania.

The 34-year-old Matias was indicted Tuesday on a murder charge. He is being held at Bellevue Hospital.

Authorities say he told police he throttled his daughter, Ana, with an electrical cord after finding her sending risque messages to a boy. Police say Ana had been visiting Matias but lived in Allentown, Pa., with her mother and two sisters. The parents were separated.

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