Raleigh dad won’t face death penalty after drowning child in Durham pond

Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter and 3-year-old Calista Lassiter. Photo of Calista from Clement's Funeral Home

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh father accused of throwing his children into a pond in Durham resulting in the death of his 3-year-old daughter will not face the death penalty.

In September 2015, Alan Lassiter called 911 after he tossed his children, including a 3- and 5-year-old, in a pond at Audubon Lake Apartments.

One of Lassiter’s kids was able to escape and called for help.

Lassiter’s 3-year-old child died as a result of the incident and he was charged with murder. He also faces charges of attempted first-degree murder.

Lassiter called 911 after the incident. In the call, he expressed that he was dealing with having sexual feelings toward children.

“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?” he said. “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.”

Lassiter’s wife, Ashely Lassiter, was charged with two counts of negligent child abuse during the investigation.

Alan Lassister’s case is next due in court on Aug. 1.

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