Toddler doing OK since found in car with dead father at Meijer lot

A deputy found a 2-year-old toddler in a car, with his father dead inside.

GUN PLAIN TOWNSHIP, MICH. - A man with a history of drug abuse and other health issues might have been factors in his death.

Police found 29-year-old Levi Newcomb of Kalamazoo dead inside a vehicle around 1 a.m. Monday, March 6, with his 2-year-old son in the backseat, according to the Allegan County Sheriff's Department.

A deputy at a Plainwell gas station was approached by a person who noticed something suspicious going on down the street, with a man passed out their vehicle and a child inside, the release states. The vehicle was located at a Meijer parking lot on M-89.

Paramedics and the deputy helped administer CPR to the man but were not successful.  

"We know the subject does have a substance abuse past, and some health concerns in the past that ultimately may have lead to the person's death," Allegan County Sheriff Frank Baker said.

Police say there was a second person involved that had been traveling with the man and the toddler, and they are talking to them to learn more.

The child was not harmed and is with his mother, police said.

The investigation into his death and prior history involving drugs is ongoing while authorities await autopsy and toxicology results.

"We're fortunate that we got there as quick as we did, otherwise that child could have been alone in that vehicle even longer, so we're thankful that that motorist did take the time, was observant enough to notice this and alert our deputy,"  Baker said.

Deputies are working with Meijer to look at the parking lot security footage. 

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