LAWRENCE, NY (CBSNewYork) — A man Nassau County police say poisoned his 2-year-old daughter as part of a murder-suicide plot has now been charged with attempted murder.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

The father, 45-year-old Khemchan Sulaiman, faces attempted second degree murder charges.

Police said he put the chemical ammonium chloride, normally found in a fire extinguisher, into his 2-year-old daughter’s baby bottle. He also drank the poison.

Detectives said Sulaiman wanted to kill himself and his little girl because he was upset over the recent separation with the child’s mother.

But witnesses said Sulaiman 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.

Sulaiman will be arraigned at St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway.

Both father and daughter are in stable condition.

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