The Latest: Police: Girl dies after dad's drowning attempt

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Posted: Sep 23, 2015 4:48 PM

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the case of a man charged with trying to drown his children in a pond in North Carolina. All times local:

4:40 p.m.

Police say a 3-year-old girl has died after her father tried to drown her and her siblings in an apartment complex pond.

Durham Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Wednesday that the girl had died. She had been hospitalized in critical condition since Sunday night, when her fully submerged body was pulled from the pond by an off-duty Durham County sheriff's deputy.

Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter is currently charged with three counts of attempted murder for trying to kill the girl, her sister and their 7-year-old brother. Lassiter is jailed on a bond of $2 million and is awaiting a court hearing next month.

Lassiter's 5-year-old daughter was also rescued from the pond, but she was found floating and has been released from the hospital.

Police say the 7-year-old boy got away from Lassiter and ran for help.

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2 p.m.

North Carolina police say a 3-year-old girl remains in critical condition while her 5-year-old sister is out of the hospital nearly three days after authorities say their father tried to drown them.

Authorities said Wednesday that the hospitalized younger daughter of Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter was unchanged since she was submerged in an apartment complex pond late Sunday. Durham police say Lassiter threw the girls into the pond surrounded by apartment buildings.

Lassiter was charged with three counts of attempted murder: one count for each of the girls and a third for their 7-year-old brother. Lassiter is in jail pending a hearing next month with bond set at $2 million.

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4:15 a.m.

A witness says the North Carolina man accused of trying to drown two young daughters initially sought help because he thought his third child had been kidnapped when the boy ran for help.

Apartment complex manager Sylvia Scott says 29-year-old Alan Lassiter of Raleigh made no effort to save his daughters.

Scott said Lassiter initially told her he was searching for his kidnapped 7-year-old son Sunday night. Police say the boy ran away from his father and was seeking help.

It wasn't until later that Lassiter said he had tossed his 3- and 5-year-old girls into the pond. He's facing three counts of attempted murder.

Durham County Sheriff's Deputy David Earp says he heard one of the girls crying and waded in to pull them out.

The younger girl remained in critical condition Tuesday.