Man: Brother Sent From Treatment Before Attempted Drownings

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Brother: Raleigh man charged in daughter’s death wasn’t supposed to see children.

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.DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Two days after his 3-year-old daughter died, and five days since police say he tried to drown her and two other siblings, a Raleigh man appeared in court Friday on a first-degree murder charge.

In the 911 call released by the Durham Police Department, the father, identified as 29-year-old Alan Lassiter, can be heard saying he threw his children in the lake on September 20 because he had sought help for a personal issue and child protective services was trying to take his kids away from him. “I was dealing with some sexual desires that I was trying to get help with, but instead they turned their back on me, the whole system, and tried to take my kids,” Lassiter said in the 911 call. “Y’all take this and y’all learn from me. Durham County Sheriff’s Deputy David Earp was off duty and says he 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. 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. His brother, Bobby Lassiter, told reporters Friday that Alan Lassiter had sought treatment for mental issues at UNC WakeBrook Recovery Center in Raleigh, and his family wanted to help. A spokesperson for the state Department of Health and Human Services told HLN their agency does not discuss individual cases to protect the privacy of those they serve.

Bobby Lassiter said when Alan Lassiter was released from a treatment facility “he wasn’t ready.” Alan Lassiter’s nephew, Alan Knight, said the event was shocking for the entire family, and he thinks his uncle snapped from the pressure of being unemployed and getting divorced. Sunday night, an off-duty deputy pulled two children, ages 3 and 5, from a lake on Shearwater Drive in Durham, and police performed CPR until help arrived.

Even if he did seek some help, he probably felt like that wasn’t the help he needed,” said Andre Knight, Alan Lassiter’s nephew. “We discharge patients only when they are ready and help them get to the next level of appropriate care. 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.

That means you are pretty much setting yourself up for your kids’ failure.” Knight called his uncle “one of the greatest dad’s I’ve known” and said the circumstances around his cousin’s death “has been a catastrophe on our family.” After learning of his daughter’s death on Wednesday, Alan Lassiter tried to commit suicide by jumping off of one of the top levels of the pod where inmates are held in the Durham County jail.

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