Police: Pitt woman said movie inspired her to fatally stab father

69-year-old Anthony Nicassio, a physician with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, was found dead Saturday

A woman was arrested for fatally stabbing her father at a home in Plum -- near Pittsburgh -- early Saturday morning.
Christina Nicassio (Courtesy of KDKA)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A woman was arrested for fatally stabbing her father at a home in Plum — near Pittsburgh — early Saturday morning.

Police and paramedics in Allegheny County were called to a Plum borough home shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday and found 69-year-old Anthony Nicassio stabbed. Nicassio was a physician with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Police said he and his wife were trying to take 27-year-old Christina Nicassio to a hospital when they allege she began speaking irrationally and grabbed a knife and he was stabbed during a struggle. Police allege that she told investigators that he “had to die.”

According to Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA, Allegheny County detectives said Christina Nicassio is a former Pitt soccer player who had recently broken up with her boyfriend, and her parents called police to say she was suicidal and she had a knife.

Also according to KDKA, during an interview with detectives, Christina said that she “got played by Hollywood.” When asked for clarification, she said “in a movie, someone who can’t love someone else, they stab their father.” When asked what movie that was fromm she replied “The Mummy Returns.”

UPMC called him “a dedicated and skilled physician and who devoted his life to compassionate care of his patients.”

Christina Nicassio was taken to the Allegheny County Jail to await arraignment on homicide charges.

 A woman was arrested for fatally stabbing her father at a home in Plum -- near Pittsburgh -- early Saturday morning.
69-year-old Anthony Nicassio (Courtesy KDKA)

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