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North Carolina girl dies after dad’s drowning attempt, police say

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Daughter of man accused of drowning his kids dies in hospital.

Durham Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said the girl died in a hospital three days after her fully submerged body was pulled from the pond by an off-duty Durham County sheriff’s deputy. 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. Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter is currently charged with three counts of attempted murder for trying to kill the girl, her sister and their 7-year-old brother.

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. He 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. 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. Between expletive-laden rage and distraught sobs, Lassiter told a dispatcher that officials had tried to take away his children as he dealt with a personal problem, authorities said.

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. 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.

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