A North Carolina man tried to drown his children in a lake near an apartment complex. He then tearfully begged a 911 dispatcher to send help. Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter has been charged with three counts of attempted murder. The North Carolina man has been jailed and has had bond set at $2.25 million.
Lassiter’s 3- and 5-year-old daughters, who had to be rescued from the lake, remain hospitalized following the Sunday night incident. His 7-year-old son escaped and ran for help, according to reports. The lake is about the size of a football field. Its depth is about six feet, at the deepest point. The boy is in the custody of relatives. None of the children were identified by authorities.
It isn’t known if Lassiter has a lawyer. According to CBS News, a woman who lives at the address listed for the North Carolina man says she doesn’t know him. Phone calls to other family members in the North Carolina area had not been returned immediately.
Durham, North Carolina, Police Chief Jose Lopez said he did not know whether Lassiter’s family had been the subject of investigation by earlier calls. There was also concern over contact by social services to gather more information. According to the News & Observer, Chief Lopez is also under pressure to resign from the Durham, North Carolina, Police Department for insensitive remarks during his tenure.
The North Carolina 911 call was intense and confusing. Lassiter alternates between profanity and sobs during the interaction.
“Please send an ambulance. My daughters are in the lake, drowning. Both of my young daughters.”
In a transcript obtained by North Carolina news station WNCN, Lassiter breaks down.
“CPS was trying to take my kids away from me. All I did was try to go get help … because I was dealing with some [inaudible] things, OK? … I was dealing with some sexual desires … I started to go get help with, but instead they turned their back on me, the whole system and tried to take my kids [crying inaudible]… y’all take this and y’all left me. When somebody asks for help, really help them OK? Really help them, because y’all didn’t help me.”
Now, North Carolina officials are left trying to find answers. Authorities must find out why Lassiter ended up at an apartment complex where he didn’t live, trying to end his children’s lives. Lassiter also said that his wife would be shocked, according to reports.
“I need somebody to go and break the news to my wife; I need an ambulance out there. She’s gonna be in shock, she’s gonna be in shock.”
[Photo via WNCN News]