Authorities are investigating a possible criminal heroin overdose of a man whose body was found by his young children Sunday in rural LaPorte County.
Brandon Leslie, 29, was found dead early Sunday at his home in the 1400 block of County Road East 1000 North near Hesston.
LaPorte County Sheriff's Department officials said his parents told investigators he was texting and “seemed happy” when he came home earlier in the night.
His 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter discovered their father's lifeless body in a bedroom a few hours later at the ranch style home, police said.
The children awoke their grandparents and said "daddy was cold and wouldn't wake up," investigators said.
There was a syringe still containing heroin near his feet along with a silver spoon on top of the dresser, according to authorities.
Detectives are investigating claims by one of the children who told officers they witnessed a man known only by a first name give "daddy a sleeping shot" that night.
Leslie's father, Ernest Leslie, told investigators that man was at the house between 11 p.m. and midnight, left then later returned.
According to authorities, Ernest Leslie said his son was doing some work on the man's SUV.
LaPorte County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Jim Sosinski said Monday detectives are beginning the task of trying to identify the man who may have given heroin to Leslie.
He said it was too early to say whether the case was a criminal matter.
"It may be. It may not be. That's what we're going to investigate this further," Sosinski said.
Sosinski said there seems to be no let up in the heroin problem that surfaced a few years ago despite the aggressive efforts by law enforcement to arrest dealers and users.
"We need to educate our youth about the heroin and we need to continue our vigilance in prosecuting those who peddle this," Sosinski said.