(Meredith) -- A 6-year-old girl had to fend for herself after her father died and her stepmother remained unconscious inside their Michigan home. 

"This is tragic, it could've been a lot worse, but this is tragic," said Mt. Morris Township Police Chief Terence Green.

The police chief said it appears narcotics were involved, but the department is still awaiting results from a toxicology report.

Officers were called to the home Thursday after the child's grandparent, who lives in Tennessee, reached out for help.The grandparent saw photos that the girl had posted of the adults online. The child shared the pictures on Facebook in an attempt to get help.

"She was in that home alone for at least 24 hours," Green said. 

Investigators also said the girl tried to wake up the adults by splashing water on them.The traumatic event was made worse for the girl by a dog that was in the home, which Green said chewed on the man's face after he was dead.

The woman is currently at the hospital in stable condition but has serious medical issues. Investigators said she is not cooperating with police.

"If this 6-year-old had not begun to contact the person in Tennessee we do believe that based on the unconscious female's condition, she might not have survived either," Green said.

The girl is now in the custody of her biological mother as the investigation continues.

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