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911 call: 'I just drowned my two daughters in the lake'

Posted September 21, 2015

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— In an emotional, 8-minute call, a Raleigh man tells a 911 dispatcher that he tried to drown his two daughters in a Durham lake because Child Protective Services "wanted to take them away from me."

Police say the man heard on the call, Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter, 29, threw his three children into the lake near Shearwater Drive shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday.

An off-duty Durham County sheriff’s deputy, David Earp, pulled two of the children – a 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old girl – out of the water. Their 7-year-old brother was able to get away and run for help, police said.

Officers performed CPR on the girls until EMS arrived, and the girls remained hospitalized Monday. The 3-year-old is in critical condition and the 5-year-old is in stable condition. The 7-year-old boy is with relatives, according to police.

In the 911 call released Monday, the man sounds frantic and angry as he asks the 911 dispatcher to send police and an ambulance.

"I just drowned my two daughters in the lake back there … 'cause CPS wanted to take them away from me," he said. "I was dealing with some pedophilia things, OK, OK. I was dealing with some sexual desires that I was trying to get some help with, but instead they turned their back on me, the whole system, and tried to take my kids, and they took the rest of the, of the little happiness that I had."

"Y’all take this and learn from me. When somebody asks for help, really help them, OK? Because y’all didn’t help me," he continued. "You blame CPS for this. They (are) trying to take people’s kids over dumb (expletive), and this is what you get! All I wanted was help … They wasn't there for me. Nobody was there for me … Nobody helped me."

The manager at Lassiter's apartment complex did not want to be identified, but said the incident started with Lassiter walking around the complex saying that his child had been kidnapped. The manager was on the scene before authorities arrived and at one point she even took the phone from Lassiter to speak with the 911 dispatcher.

During the call, he asks the 911 dispatcher to have someone break the news to his wife.

"I need an ambulance out there (for her). She’s gonna be in shock," he said.

He also asks for help for his children.

"Please send an ambulance. My daughters are in the lake drowning," he said. "Did y’all find my son?"

Lassiter was arrested at the scene and placed in the Durham County jail under a $2.25 million bond. He is charged with three counts of attempted murder.

"Whether you have children or not, you're impacted by young lives that are placed in such a horrendous situation," Durham Chief of Police Jose Lopez said.

Lassiter's choice of the Audubon Lake area for his act was a mystery to police and to Dorothy Hockett, who lives there.

"I actually work at a preschool around here," she said. "It's actually frightening to hear something like that."

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  • Jeri Massi Sep 22, 2015
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    Infuriating that WRAL described this murderous narcissist's situation as heartbreaking. The heartbreaking situation was the plight of his poor daughters. So sad that WRAL is abandoning ethical journalism in order to gush over a manipulative and self obsessed pedophile who killed his children in a fit of rage over not getting the attention he wanted. Grow up, WRAL, and try to regain your lost credibility. It doesn't matter who he called or what they said. He drowned his innocent daughters. He is a murderer.

  • Nicolle Leney Sep 22, 2015
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    Has anyone heard how the little girls are doing. I know yesterday they said one was in critical condition. I didn't find anything online that gave an update on their conditions.

  • William James Sep 22, 2015
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    Pedophilia isn't curable or treatable, even when men voluntarily were castrated they continued to be turned on by children. Some of you say, well its not a crime for a person to have impure thoughts of children and we can't imprison men forever just for having this illness, but most victimize a child at some point and even after prison extremely likely to re-offend, so you can argue the legal merits of a Predator being in your yard all you want, but just like bear, coyote, or wolf at some point its simply not safe to have them roaming the streets.

  • Ray Lee Smythe Sep 22, 2015
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    Too many people out there having children who shouldn't be having them to begin with.

  • Kylie Marie Summerling Sep 21, 2015
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    What utter selfishness to kill a child because you can't be with them sexually.

  • Tyrone Biggum Sep 21, 2015
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    The original argument I made was against your assertion that this guy couldn't possibly be a pedophile simply because he had thoughts about children. I proved that wrong.

    To answer your tirelessly repetitive question of what he did wrong (at least according to the information in this article) other than attempting to murder his children: nothing. There's nothing against the law about the thoughts that go through one's mind unless you act upon them (which is why the rest of your argument is flawed by the way). To become an adulterer, you have to sleep with someone other than your spouse. To become a murderer, you have to murder someone. Sex between same-sex individuals requires the act of sex (this is a terrible example anyway simply for the fact that same-sex relationships aren't against the law). A pedophile, however, is a pedophile just for having the thoughts run their minds.

  • Mark Farmer Sep 21, 2015
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    Lassiter should have started with him self.

  • Djuana Beane Sep 21, 2015
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    Blaming everybody but the one who did it. He didn't want CPS to know what he was doing. Trying to cover his tracks. I hope these kids can find a decent home that will help them forget that POS.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Sep 21, 2015
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    People with differing working definitions, but in the case of pedophilia having the ideation is all it takes, just like someone might say they are heterosexual even before dating or having sex. Why get lost in the definition, for the man did try to kill his 3 children in anger over CPS actions.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Sep 21, 2015
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    Brenda, I think the confusion is what defines a pedophile. One does not have to act on the feelings & desires, but just have them to be a pedophile, add to that frequency & duration of thoughts & feelings.

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