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Police: Father May Have Tried To Kill Self, 2-Year-Old Daughter In Car In Lawrence

Witnesses Says Man May Have Had Change Of Heart, Asked For Help

LAWRENCE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A father and his 2-year-old daughter are fighting for their lives after being found in respiratory distress inside their car.

However, police say the heartbreak in this disturbing case may be that the father intentionally poisoned them both, reports CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

Ammonium chloride, toxic powder used in fire extinguishers, was sprinkled into a kind of baby bottle and ingested by the innocent 2-year-old girl, who is now in critical but stable condition at Children’s Hospital of North Shore-LIJ.

Her 45-year-old father, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority mechanic, also swallowed the white salty mixture along with naphthyl methyl carbamate, which is commonly found in pesticides. Police are investigating the disturbing case as a possible attempted murder-suicide.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria on the developments

But witnesses said the Queens father may have suddenly changed his mind and cried out for help as he and his daughter were slipping into unconsciousness inside their Toyota, which was parked behind a group of Central Avenue shops in Lawrence. Hashi Gluck discovered them.

Gluck said the man honked the car’s horn, rolled down the window and said “I need help. Please help me.” Gluck added he had no idea how serious the situation was, adding it looked like the man was “having a seizure.”

Within minutes, police, ambulances and Hazmat units descended on the crime scene. Merchants watched in horror.

“I saw them pull the guy out. He was unconscious. I saw the little girl,” witness Germaine Giordano said.

Security video was seized by investigators hoping to discover clues.

The father, who may have poisoned his toddler daughter and tried to take his own life, is in extremely critical condition at nearby St. John’s Hospital.

Police said he is separated from his wife, who lives Brooklyn. They shared custody of their child.

“These individuals are separated and live apart. There may be a great deal of acrimony, friction between both parties,” Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Kevin Smith said.

Residents in the community said they feel heartbroken for the child.

“Sad society we live in,” one man said. “It’s very upsetting, very scary.”

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall: Father To Be Charged

The baby’s mother is at her daughter’s hospital bedside. Police said charges are pending against the father. The investigation is ongoing.

Police impounded the father’s vehicle and said the white powdery toxic substances were also found on the child’s infant car seat.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • brs

    Probably another man angry at the babies mother and 45 is too old anyway to cope with a baby. If he survives I hope he gets a vascectemy.

  • Jerry

    Society simply can’t survive w/o hope and spirituality. Look for more and more self inflicted tragedies such as these as we lose our grip on our own psyche.
    Despair will not be solved w/o belief,fear or love of God!

  • Charliezzz

    Desperation ALWAYS leads to destruction. How very, very sad.

  • Kevin

    “Police: Father May Have To Kill Self, 2-Year-Old Daughter In Car In Lawrence”

    Do you mean “May Have TRIED to Kill Self…”?

  • thor's hammer

    criminal charges “may” be filed. another case of a coward attempting to kill a child as a means of inflicting pain on a spouse/partner. what a lowlife! if this lowlife survives his suicide attempt no question the charge should include attempted murder/murder. note to the court appointed lawyer – don’t even go with diminished capacity, we won’t buy it. you deserve to be staked out in the desert southwest, spreadeagle style, face down, and be left to the elements with none but the scorpions & rattlesnakes as your companions – but even they might have standards. if the child survives may they never hear your name/see your face again. prison is too good for you. prayers for the innocent victim. justice for the victim only!

  • Trish

    WTH is wrong with people!!

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