John Jonchuck appeared in court Tuesday. The case has been reset for a status check on Feb. 17.
If the court rules in line with the doctors’ reports, Jonchuck would likely be sent to a hospital for six months before his case returns to court for another status check.
Jonchuck was arrested Jan. 8 after authorities said he dropped 5-year-old Phoebe more than 60 feet off a bridge.
He has a history of mental health issues.
On Monday, a report released by a state task force determined the people and agencies meant to help children in need failed Phoebe nearly every step of the way before her death.