Dad, daughter found unconscious; possible attempted murder-suicide

October 4, 2011 10:48:40 AM PDT
Police on Long Island now believe that a man and his daughter found unconscious in a car Monday was an attempted murder-suicide.

The 45-year-old man and his 2-year-old daughter were discovered in Lawrence. Police say the toddler's bottle contained ammonium chloride, and a pesticide was found in the toddler's car seat.

Both the father and daughter are in critical condition.

Police say the bizarre discovery in a Five Towns parking lot was likely the result of "acrimony" between the man and his estranged wife.

Cops have not released the man's name, but they say he works as a mechanic at the MTA. He lives in Queens and has unlimited visitation rights with his daughter, who lives with her mother in Brooklyn.

On Monday morning, the owner of a Judaica store in Lawrence heard a horn honking in the back parking lot, and found the man in the driver's seat in obvious medical distress, asking for help.

Hatzolah volunteer medics quickly arrived to find the man passed out, and the girl in a car seat in the back. She was conscious and crying at the time.

Police say they discovered the ammonia chloride, which is the chemical in a fire extinguisher, mixed in with the baby formula in the bottle. They also found the powdered chemical throughout the car, along with a toxic pesticide called "Sevin" on the car seat.

Police say charges are likely against the father, but because he is in critical condition, he can't be interviewed. The girl is in critical but stable condition.