3-year-old dies after father allegedly threw her into Durham pond
One of two girls allegedly thrown into a pond at a Durham apartment complex by their father late Sunday has died, police said Wednesday.Posted — Updated
Police say Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter, 29, threw his three children into the pond near Shearwater Drive, and an off-duty Durham County deputy, David Earp, pulled the 3-year-old and her 5-year-old sister from the water. The girls' 7-year-old brother was able to get away and run for help, police said.
The 5-year-old has been released from a local hospital, police said.
In an emotional, eight-minute call to 911, a man police identified as Lassiter tells a dispatcher that he tried to drown his his children because Child Protective Services "wanted to take them away from me."
"I was dealing with some pedophilia things," the man told the dispatcher. "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.
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