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Report: Drowned girl's hands were tied

Posted February 9, 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.

— A 3-year-old Raleigh girl's hands were tied before she went into a Durham pond last fall, according to a report from a medical examiner that was released Tuesday.

Calista Lassiter died three days after being pulled from the pond, and 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 a pond at the Audubon Lake apartment complex in Durham. The girls' 7-year-old brother had escaped and ran for help, police said.

An investigative report completed Sept. 23 by Dr. Patricia Pittman, a medical examiner in Durham County, states Calista "was bound by the wrists and submerged in a fresh water pond."

Police found rope in Lassiter's car after the drowning, according to a search warrant.

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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  • William Wall Feb 10, 2016
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    Just like the really old ugly hag said in support of the old ugly lying hag "There is a special place in Hell" for this dude. I hope he gets there fast.

  • Donna Gale Feb 10, 2016
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    Just do him the same way.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 9, 2016
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    What an awful situation. This man and woman need to get the maximum sentence possible. Those poor kids!

    Having a 'father' who admits he is a pedophile (even if he didn't act on it. ...yet), and has homicidal and suicidal thoughts, as well. Expecting CPS to protect his children from him, supply him with help for his mental illness, all the while he has full access to the children, and possibly even living with them and lying about it!
    A 'mother' who was aware of this and lies to the agency who is trying to help the kids. (Allowing him to have any contact with the kids is criminal on her part!). Telling CPS that he is in Durham and has no access to them. Then Neglecting to follow through with the protection she asked for, and leaving him alone with them! Where was she when this happened? ? Who does that to their babies? ?

    This whole thing makes me sick. What low life, dirt sucking, scum these 'parents' are. I hope the kids are safe and never have to see them again! !!