By Hazel Sanchez

SELDEN, N.Y. (CBS 2) — The father of a 2-year-old girl is fighting for his life after a disturbing find on Long Island on Monday. Fears of a dangerous toxin forced police to don Hazmat suits and surround their car.

Hazmat crews were not taking any chances and suited up to investigate a mysterious white powdery substance found in a car, where a man and his daughter were discovered unconscious in Lawrence.  Police sources told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez they suspect foul play.

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The car was parked in the parking lot behind Craig Weintraub’s office on Central Avenue in Lawrence.

“Is there a bomb in the car? Those things cross your mind,” Weintraub told Sanchez

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Police said the 45-year-old father was seen driving the silver car into the private lot shortly after 9 a.m. Monday morning, but investigators said the man and child didn’t get out.

Witnesses said a man who works nearby heard someone in the vehicle honking the horn and he discovered the unconscious pair and called 911.

“I don’t know what to think. Maybe it’s a whole big thing for nothing. It could just be people with a medical issue. There could be hundreds of different options,” Weintraub said.

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Police said the little girl is expected to make a full recovery, but her father is listed in critical condition.

Hazel Sanchez