Durham father charged with murder in 3-year-old's drowning

Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter, 29.

The father of a 3-year-old girl who died after being thrown into a Durham pond faces new charges.

Durham police charged 29-year-old Alan Lassiter with first-degree murder Thursday in the death of Calista Lassiter.

Authorities have said Lassiter threw his 3-year-old, along with her 5-year-old sister, into the water on Shearwater Drive shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday.
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A 7-year-old boy was able to get away and run for help, according to police.

Witnesses said Lassiter screamed for help after the boy got away and admitted to trying to drown his daughters in a 911 call.

An off-duty Durham County deputy waded into the water to pull the children out. He spotted the girls in the dark and saw a 5-year-old floating and crying. Her 3-year-old sister was fully submerged.

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