A Westlake, Ohio man’s ex-girlfriend and a coworker made a grim discovery this week when they went to check on him after he failed to show up to work and found his 2-year-old daughter in an apartment with his dead body.
Westlake police said they responded Wednesday around 12:15 p.m. to an apartment complex in the 27000 block of Detroit Road and found the man deceased.
The girl was unharmed, according to police.
The man’s death appears to be drug-related, but the official cause will be determined by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, authorities said.
Police said that the man was watching his daughter when he died. The girl was left with her father’s body for an unknown number of hours before being found.
The girl is being taken care of by her mother, and the family is getting support from the Cuyahoga County Mobile Crisis team, authorities said.