Roy man survives suicide attempt but endangers child

Friday , June 27, 2014 - 12:49 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

ROY --  A man who attempted to commit suicide was instead saved, then arrested for putting his 1-year-old child in danger as well.

On Tuesday the man planned to kill himself by taking sleeping pills and running his car in the garage of his home, located near 5700 South and 3975 West, according to a police report.

Prior to this, he put his 15-month-old daughter in the room directly above the garage to sleep. 

The man admitted to police his intentions and that he thought “hopefully” someone would come along to find the girl, since he did not have a plan for her if nobody came along to find her, according to the report.

The man detached the garage lifting mechanism, turned on his car and let exhaust fill the home.

Four Roy police officers responded to the home after receiving a tip that the man would commit suicide that day, public information officer Bryce Weir said.

The officers heard the child crying and breached the home, finding both the father and daughter and bringing them outside without incident.

The four officers, the girl and her father were hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning.

After the hospital released the man, he was arrested and booked into the Weber County Jail for suspicion of child abuse and reckless endangerment.

The daughter was last listed in stable condition. It is unknown if she was released to other family members or other caretakers.

The four officers received minor poisoning and were brought to the hospital as a precaution. Officers have responded to similar suicide scenarios and were known to collapse days after exposure to carbon monoxide.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Andreas.

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