Man Calls 911 to Tell Police He Just Tried to Drown His Kids

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Deputy saves drowning kids in dark pond; dad is arrested.

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 who, police say, had been thrown there to drown by their father.

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. “I heard something about children, that they might possibly be in trouble,” Earp said in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. “And after I was informed that there were kids involved, instinct took over just to go out there and rescue them.” Earp, who lives around the corner from the pond, spotted the girls in the dark with his flashlight and saw a 5-year-old floating and crying. The 5-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. Between expletive-laden rage and distraught sobs, he told a dispatcher that officials had tried to take away his children as he dealt with a personal problem. He can be heard on the call telling the complex’s property manager, “I just drowned my two daughters in the lake back there.” Sylvia Scott, the property manager for five years, said she called Earp after a tenant reported a man walking around the complex looking for a son he said had been kidnapped.

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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