Christina Nicassio
Allegheny County
May 08, 2017 02:47 PM

Pennsylvania police have accused a 27-year-old soccer coach of fatally stabbing her 69-year-old father last week — after, they say, she was apparently inspired by the 2001 horror-adventure film The Mummy Returns, PEOPLE confirms.

Authorities in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, allege that Christina Nicassio plunged a large knife into her father’s chest following an argument with her parents early Saturday.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by PEOPLE, Nicassio allegedly attacked her dad, Anthony Nicassio, after he tried leading her into his car so that he could drive her to the hospital.

Christina’s mother allegedly told police her daughter was going through “a bad break-up” and had been acting dejected over the last week, the affidavit states.

Concerned about her well-being, her parents tried coaxing her into their car so that she could check herself in for treatment, according to the documents. But when they tried to get Christina into their car, she began speaking irrationally and nonsensically, the affidavit claims.

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Eventually, Christina allegedly reached for a knife with a four-inch blade, according to the affidavit. It further claims that when Christina’s father tried taking it from her, she allegedly stabbed him several times in the chest.

Anthony, an internist and primary care physician at Greater Pittsburgh Medical Associates-UPMC, was pronounced dead at the scene. In a statement, UMPC said, “We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr. Nicassio, who was a dedicated and skilled physician and who devoted his life to compassionate care of his patients,” the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Christina is charged with one count each of first-degree murder and possession of criminal tools. Her arrest affidavit alleges that she agreed to speak with police about the stabbing, telling investigators that she believed her father “had to die.”

According to the affidavit, she also allegedly said she “got played by Hollywood,” and she referenced a movie, telling detectives: “Someone who can’t love someone else, they stab their father.”

When asked what film she was speaking of, Christina allegedly told police she meant The Mummy Returns, the 2001 sequel to 1999’s The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser. (It’s unclear what part of the film she could be referring to, though the character played by Rachel Weisz is fatally stabbed in the stomach.)

Christina also allegedly told investigators she “felt the world was ending” and that she did not want to go to the hospital so doctors could “find out what is wrong with me,” according to the affidavit.

It was unclear Monday if Christina — a former real estate agent who had been coaching high school girls soccer — has hired an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

Her mother could not be reached for comment.

Christina remains in custody and has not entered a plea to the charges against her. She is due to appear before a criminal court judge on May 17.

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