- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The man accused of attempting to drown his three children in a pond was dismissed from a mental health center because he didn’t have insurance, his brother said Friday.

Local media outlets report Bobby Lassiter said his brother, 29-year-old Alan Tysheen Lassiter, checked himself into a recovery center, but was told to leave after two weeks because he didn’t have insurance.

UNC WakeBrook Recovery Center in Raleigh said it serves uninsured patients but declined further comment.

Bobby Lassiter said the three children were supposed to be under their mother’s custody, but he doesn’t know why his brother was allowed to see them.

“That’s the reason why he actually went to the (Child Protective Services) because he felt like he had a problem,” Bobby Lassiter said. “They sat down with him, they talked to him - the caseworker and whoever - and everybody who worked down there all came to an agreement. ‘We can’t let you see your kids because you’re not mentally stable right now.’”

Alan Lassiter appeared in a Durham County court on Friday to face charges of murder and attempted murder. According to police, Lassiter threw his two daughters into a pond at an apartment complex last Sunday night.

His son escaped. The two girls were pulled from the water, but 3-year-old Calista Lassiter died.

On his 911 call, Alan Lassiter alternated between expletive-laden rage and distraught sobs and blames officials for trying to take away his children as he dealt with a personal problem.

“All I was trying to do was get help,” he said. “Instead they turned their back on me. The whole system, and tried to take my kids.”

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