Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Police said Todd Cowles told them he was in great despair.
Cowles is charged with two counts of attempted murder. He is accused of pushing his daughter's head into the water in a bathtub on two occasions last week at the family home.
Cowles is in charge of the port modernization project that includes the replacement of aging and corroding docks.
Cowles stopped each time when the girl screamed.