Police: Girl dies after dad’s drowning attempt in pond

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

A North Carolina man who tried to drown his two daughters by throwing them into a pond Sunday evening could face an additional murder charge, now that one of the girls has died. The girl was pulled from a 6ft deep pond in the middle of an apartment complex on Sunday night after her father allegedly tried to kill her and her sister, five, to combat his ‘pedophile’ sexual urges. 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.

That man, Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter, 29, from Durham County, North Carolina, is currently in jail on a $2.25million bond after police say he confessed to trying to kill the girls during a 911 call. 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. During the 911 call, Lassiter claimed, “I just killed both of my daughters,” and told dispatchers child protective services were attempting to take his children because he “was dealing with some sexual desires.” 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. He said he found the seven-year-old floating in the water crying and managed to get her out, before going back underwater to try and find her sister who was submerged.

Both children were taken to hospital, where the three-year-old was reported to be in critical condition, while the seven-year-old was in ‘good’ condition. 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. Ashley Ivey sought a domestic violence protection order and signed a statement May 15, 2009, that said Lassiter “threatened to throw hot oil in my face and cut my hair off.”

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