Deputy describes rescue of NC kids during attempted drowning

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‘I Just Killed Both of My Daughters’: Dad Makes Frantic 911 Call After Allegedly Trying to Drown Kids in North Carolina Lake.

Durham County Sheriff’s Deputy David Earp speaks to reporters at headquarters in Durham, N.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 22. A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy plunged into the pond of an apartment complex at night to rescue two young girls who, cops say, had been thrown there to drown by their father.

Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter flagged down passers-by at the Audubon Lake apartments Sunday night saying he was searching for his son, apartment complex manager Sylvia Scott said Tuesday. Sunday to report some kind of trouble. “After I was informed that there were kids involved, instinct took over just to go out there and rescue them,” Earp said in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. Glenn says Durham’s dispatch center received a 911 call from an emotional Lassiter on Sunday evening, in which the suspect claimed, “I just killed both of my daughters.” In the 911 call, which was provided to PEOPLE, Lassiter sobbed and sounded disoriented. He said that child protective services were attempting to take his three kids from him because he’d recently been managing some pedophiliac tendencies. “I was dealing with some sexual desires I was trying to get help with,” Lassiter said. “But instead they turned their back on me… and tried to take my kids.” An off-duty officer at the scene ultimately pulled the two girls – ages 3 and 5 – out of the water. The five-year veteran of the sheriff’s department said he and the arriving officers from the Durham police department performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on the 3-year-old for about 15 minutes until medical help arrived.

As the deputy retrieved the girls, Lassiter was standing nearby smoking a cigarette, then became distraught, saying “what have I done?” and started crying, Scott said. Lassiter, who waited passively by the pond as police arrived, was charged with three counts of attempted murder: one count for each of the girls and a third for their 7-year-old brother.

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