Mom facing charges after husband tried to drown kids in Durham pond


RALEIGH (WNCN) – A Raleigh mother whose husband tried to drown their children in a Durham pond in September has now been charged with two counts of negligent child abuse.

Officials at the Wake County jail confirmed that Ashley Lassiter was charged with two counts of negligent child abused and was currently being held there.

Lassiter’s husband, Alan Lassiter, remains in Raleigh’s central prison following his arrest on Sept. 21 after police say he threw his children into a pond in Durham on Sept. 20.

The youngest daughter, 3-year-old Calista, died several days later. Lassiter’s 5-year-old was eventually released from the hospital.

According to a report from Wake County Human Services, Ashley Lassiter allowed the children to be with their father unsupervised, even though he wasn’t allowed.

The two page report dates back to February, the beginning of Wake County’s investigation into the Lassiter family.

The report reveals that’s when Alan Lassiter admitted having suicidal and homicidal thoughts which included harming his children.

The documents showed the county immediately stepped in, preventing Lassiter from contacting his children until investigators had proof of mental health treatment, which WNCN learned he did not attend consistently as recommended.

Ashley Lassiter was given a $100,000 bond.

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