North Carolina man calls 911 to tell police he just tried to drown his kids

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‘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 who, police say, had been thrown there to drown by their father. He was telling the dispatcher on the other end of the line that he had just tried to drown his children in a pond and he was so distraught and disoriented that he couldn’t describe where he was.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 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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. It was not immediately clear how the manager learned of the trouble before alerting Earp, who frequently drives through the complex in his marked patrol car. 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, who got away and ran for help.

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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