An emotional 8-minute 911 call from a North Carolina man screaming that he tried to drown his two daughters in a Durnham lake because Child Protective Services wanted to take them away from him. The call from the frantic father goes like this:
“I just drowned my two daughters in the lake back there … ’cause CPS wanted to take them away from me.
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.”
Those were the words from 29-year-old Tysheen Eugene Lassiter after he threw his three children into the Durnham lake near Shearwater drive.
An off duty Durnham County officer, david Earp, rushed in to save the 3 year old and the 5-year old girl out of the water. While the 7-year old son was able to escape and ask for help.
Officers performed CPR right away until he paramedics arrived. The girls were rushed in the hospital and the 3-year-old is in critical condition while the 5-year-old is in stable condition. The 7-year-old boy is with relatives, according to police.
According to the manager of Lassiter’s apartment, the incident started when Lassiter was walking around the complex saying that his daughter’s has been kidnapped. The manager was on the scene before authorities arrived.
Through the chaos, Lassiter went on to ask the 911 operator for an ambulance for his wife, because once she found out what happened she was going to be in “shock.
Lassiter was arrested at the scene and charged with three counts of attempted murder. He is placed in the Durham County jail under a $2.25 million bond.
Court records obtained show Lassiter has a history of trying to destroy what he’s desperately afraid to lose.