Anguished 911 Call of Man Who Said He Had Tried to Drown His Children

22 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘I was dealing with some pedophilia things': Father’s 911 call reveals perverse sexual desires drove him to try to drown his three young children in the lake.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy says he heard wailing in the darkness and plunged into an apartment complex’s pond at night to rescue two young girls after police say their father tried to drown them. In a 911 call released by police, a man who identified himself as the children’s father said he had drowned his two daughters in a lake near an apartment complex. “Whether you have children or not, you’re impacted by young lives that are placed in such a horrendous situation,” Lopez said at a press conference on Monday. The caller said he didn’t know his exact location beyond what he described as a lake behind a Harris Teeter and Lowe’s off of N.C. 54, but he told the 911 dispatcher he blamed Child Protective Services.

Durham County Sheriff’s Deputy David Earp said Tuesday he was off duty and rushed out with little more than his department T-shirt, badge and flashlight after the apartment manager called him at home around 9 p.m. An off-duty Durham County sheriff’s deputy, who lived at the apartment complex, pulled the girls from the water as police were responding to the 911 call. Olivia James, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services, said the agency doesn’t discuss individual cases to protect people’s privacy.

It also is not clear whether the girls were thrown or pushed into the pond before they were rescued by the deputy, who performed CPR until an ambulance arrived, Lopez said. For a while Lassiter lived with his wife and children at Country Club Homes, a cottage-style apartment community in the Hayes Barton neighborhood in Raleigh. Rachael Lane, Lassiter’s former neighbor, said while many of the residents in that section of the neighborhood would socialize, the Lassiters were cordial but mainly kept to themselves.

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