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3-year-old tossed into NC lake dies.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of trying to drown his children in a pond at an apartment complex is facing a first-degree murder charge after his 3-year-old daughter died, police said Thursday. Police say Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter’s 3- and 5-year-old daughters were rescued from the water by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy and hospitalized.DURHAM — The 3-year-old girl who died Wednesday after her father allegedly attempted to drown her in a Durham pond Sunday night has been identified as Calista Lassiter.

The call came in on the night of September 20 in Durham, North Carolina. “I just need the police, I need the police,” 29-year-old Alan Tysheen Lassiter said in the hysterical 911 call. “Please send an ambulance.An off-duty North Carolina sheriff’s deputy says he heard children wailing in the darkness and plunged into an apartment complex’s pond at night to rescue two young girls who had been thrown there to drown by their father, according to police. My daughters are in the lake drowning.” The man’s 7-year-old son was able to get away, while his two daughters were hospitalized after first responders rescued them from the lake.

The girls were pulled from the pond by off-duty Durham County sheriff’s deputy David Earp and the 5-year-old has not been identified but has been released from the hospital. 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. In the call, the man mentions conflict with Child Protective Services, especially in regards to his sexual thoughts: “CPS was trying to take my kids away from me. Lassiter’s initial court appearance came Monday morning before District Court Judge Brian Wilks, who set bond at $2 million and agreed to appoint a public defender for him.

Earp said they were about 10 feet from the bank, which slopes sharply down to the pond that stretches about the length of a football field. “One that was unconscious, they started doing first aid to her. All I did was try to go get help … I was dealing with some sexual desires.” From the sound of it, the father believes the system failed him: “Y’all take this and y’all left me. DURHAM – An autopsy completed by the North Carolina State Medical Examiner officially concluded the Jan. 31 death of Isabella McLucas was blunt force trauma to the head.

As the deputy retrieved the girls, Lassiter stood nearby smoking a cigarette. “So, I dropped some of my equipment and I immediately just ran into the water and grabbed both of them”. On Sunday night, Lassiter flagged down passers-by at the Audubon Lake apartments and told them he thought his son had been kidnapped and needed help finding him, apartment complex manager Sylvia Scott said Tuesday. According to the report, the 3-month-old was found unresponsive several hours after being fed and placed to sleep on a mattress with pillows on the living room floor.

— Garrison Patrick, 18, of Rochelle Street has been arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and injury to real property. Earp- 26, who has no children of his own, says the life or death episode continues to be repeated for him. “And I shined my flashlight to the area”, Earp 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.”

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said at a news conference Monday he did not know whether the family had been the subject of earlier calls for intervention by police or social service workers. 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.

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