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Raleigh man accused of drowning daughter won't face death penalty

Posted May 6, 2016

Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter appears in a Durham County courtroom on Sept. 25, 2015, to face a murder charge in his 3-year-old daughter's death.

— Prosecutors said Friday that they won't pursue the death penalty against a Raleigh man accused of drowning his 3-year-old daughter last fall.

Calista Lassiter died three days after being pulled from a pond at the Audubon Lake apartment complex in Durham. Her father, Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter, 29, is charged with murder in her death.

Alan Lassiter called 911 on Sept. 20 to report that his children were drowning. He told the dispatcher that he was having issues with pedophilia and had sought help from Child Protective Services, and the decision to remove his children from his care drove him to the drowning attempt.

An off-duty Durham County deputy pulled Calista and her 5-year-old sister from the pond. The girls' 7-year-old brother had escaped and ran for help, police said.

Lassiter also is charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with the drowning attempts on the older children.

The children's mother, Ashley Lassiter, 27, is charged with two counts of negligent child abuse resulting in serious physical injury. Authorities said she was supposed to keep her husband away from the children following allegations that he was having inappropriate sexual thoughts about children, as well as suicidal and homicidal thoughts.


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  • Bernadette Dan Unger May 6, 2016
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    So why didn't "Scumbob Nosense" simply kill himself instead of the child? Guess he was not that torn up about his pedo feelings.....just another excuse bought into by the system.

  • Kim Anderson May 6, 2016
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    Blame Wake County CPS for you and others paying the price for him serving that time. Don't forget you are also gonna have to front the bill for his kids being in foster care. CPS should have protected those kids but they did not. Now you and everyone will have to pay for them to be in foster care, therapy to get over the neglect they will suffer in foster care. Then you're gonna have to pay for them to be on medicaid. Then once they age out and start their own distructive path of behaviors from the trauma they faced in foster care we all will front the bill for them to serve time in jail. The wheel just keeps rolling. Instead of worrying why we have to front the bill ask why the state of nc continues to let CPS hurt and destroy families instead of keeping the innocent safe. They need to be held responsible for this as well as him. What are you gonna do NC about this problem?

  • Janet Ghumri May 6, 2016
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    Dan, don't forget all the appeals, attorneys, transportation medical (trying to figure him out and trying to fix him and the medication that comes with a big old price tag), etc. We're really getting bit on this one, hmm? If he had those thoughts and feelings, he should have taken the most direct route and left the children alone.
    Rest easy sweet angel.

  • Dan Wilder May 6, 2016
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    Death seems appropriate to me. So now we will have to pay to support his life for the next 50-60 years?