GOLDEN, Colo., July 24 -- A man who spent time in a mental hospital for attacking his father with a knife was charged Wednesday with the vicious stabbing death and sexual assault of his 10-year-old daughter. David Cooper, 33, is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and sexual assault, tampering of evidence and abuse of a corpse in the death of Renee Cooper at his home, where she was visiting for the summer.
Police in the Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge were called to Cooper's home late Friday and found the suspect leaning against a fence saying, 'Arrest me, then go into the kitchen,' where they found Renee's body. Cooper remains jailed without bond at the Jefferson County Detention Center under a suicide watch, authorities said. Cooper's wife was believed to be in the Phoenix area but had not contactedColorado authorities by late Wednesday. Police say that hours before she was slain, Renee begged a friend to let her go home with her. But the friend said she had other plans and Renee went to her father's home. Cooper was placed in the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo in 1992 after attacking his father with a pocket knife upon arrival at the older man's home for a visit. Cooper's brother Daniel intervened while their mother, Marilyn, called 911. The attack left Daniel Cooper and the father, Charles, with facial injuries. Records show Cooper sought psychotherapy for depression in 1988, started taking Prozac in 1991, but told counselors it sometimes made him delusional, The Denver Post reported. He was released from the state hospital about four months ago after counselors concluded he no longer suffered from an 'abnormal mental condition' which could cause 'dangerous' behavior, records showed.