A North Carolina man who allegedly tried to drown his three young children had second thoughts about the murderous act, as he frantically dialed 911 to ask for help saving them, according to officials.
Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter, 29, allegedly brought his daughters, ages three and five, and his seven-year-old son to a pond at a Durham apartment complex, where he dragged the children into the water, CBS News reported.
“Please send an ambulance. My daughters are in the lake, drowning. Both of my young daughters,” Lassiter reportedly told a 911 dispatcher through sobs, going on in the phone call to accuse authorities of trying to take the children away from him as he dealt with personal issues, including what he reportedly described as "pedophelia things."
"I just drowned my two daughters in the lake back there … 'cause CPS wanted to take them away from me," he said, reported North Carolina news outlet WRAL.
"I was dealing with some pedophilia things, OK, OK," he continued, WRAL reported. "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."
Both girls were rescued from the water by an off-duty Durham County sheriff’s deputy, identified by WRAL as David Earp. Lassiter’s three-year-old daughter was in critical condition and his five-year-old daughter was in stable condition at a nearby hospital, CBS reported.
Lassiter’s son was able to escape and ran for help, police said.
“Did y’all find my son?” Lassiter asked during the 911 call, according to WRAL.
The boy is now safe and with relatives, WRAL reported.
Lassiter was charged with three counts of attempted murder in the first degree and was being held on $2 million bond.
It was not immediately clear how Lassiter brought his children into the pond or why he chose that body of water, as there was no evidence that the family lived in the nearby complex, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said.
“Whether you have children or not, you’re impacted by young lives that are placed in such a horrendous situation,” Lopez said, WRAL reported.
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