Man calls 911 to tell police he just tried to drown his kids

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DURHAM, N.C. — Law enforcement authorities are looking for answers as to why Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter ended up at an apartment complex where he didn’t live trying to end his children’s lives.

Durham County jail officials say the 29-year-old Lassiter is charged with three counts of attempted murder and was jailed Monday on a bond of $2 million.

Police say his 3- and 5-year-old daughters who had to be rescued from an apartment complex’s pond Sunday night were hospitalized. His 7-year-old son escaped and ran for help.

Lassiter called 911 after trying to drown his two daughters and begged for help to come and save them.

“I just drowned my two daughters in the lake back there … ’cause CPS wanted to take them away from me,” he said in a 911 call obtained from WRAL. “I was dealing with some pedophilia things, OK, OK. 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.”

“Y’all take this and learn from me. When somebody asks for help, really help them, OK? Because y’all didn’t help me,” he continued. “You blame CPS for this. They (are) trying to take people’s kids over dumb (expletive), and this is what you get! All I wanted was help … They wasn’t there for me. Nobody was there for me … Nobody helped me.”

The two girls were rescued by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.