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Man accused of killing daughter says he is bipolar

Man accused of killing daughter says he is bipolar

HOODSPORT, Wash. -- A man who police believe slit his 5-year-old step-daughter's throat told investigators that he has bipolar disorder and taking medication for his condition.

Peter James Wilson, 29, allegedly admitted to detectives that he killed the girl with a kitchen knife. He was booked into the Mason County Jail for investigation of first-degree murder and was ordered held on $3 million bail.

According to court documents, Wilson and his wife were arguing about child discipline Sunday evening at a house near Lake Cushman when he told his wife not to worry and that he would "take care of it."

Wilson took the girl downstairs and his wife ran after them when she heard screaming. She told investigators that she ran into the room and saw her daughter in a pool of blood clutching her throat.

The young girl, identified as Clare Louise Shelswell, died at the scene.

The family is from Abbotsford, British Columbia and was vacationing at the home at the time of the killing, investigators said.

Neighbors first learned of the murder after medics and sheriff's deputies arrived at the home just around 6 p.m.

"I'm very disgusted, I'm very upset," said neighbor Syndee Redfearn. "It's just a little girl. My heart is breaking for her family. There's just no words to describe how you feel when something like this happens."

Detectives spent last night and this morning collecting evidence and trying to determine exactly what prompted the attack.

The Vancouver Sun newspaper has interviews with neighbors of the family in Abbotsford BC.