Apr 21, 2011

Jean Pierre with his wife Lashanda Armstrong, who drove their children into the Hudson.

The womanizing dad of three children drowned by their mother in the Hudson River insisted Wednesday that he's not responsible for the horrific drownings.

"I have been inaccurately portrayed as being directly responsible for the tragedy," read a terse four-paragraph statement issued by Jean Pierre.

"If I could, I would have changed some things in my past," he continued. "(I) am shocked and distraught by what happened. This has been a very devastating tragedy for all concerned."

Pierre, who neighbors described as cursing and pounding on the door of his family's Newburgh apartment before the tragedy, said he was sent reeling by word of the April 12 deaths.

The 26-year-old Pierre, breaking a weeklong silence, also announced the funeral for the three children would be held separately from Thursday's service for their mom, Lashanda Armstrong.

"My deepest sympathy goes out to (stepson) Lashaun and the Armstrong family," Pierre said. "I ask that I be given the opportunity to grieve the loss of my three children privately."

The children's private family funeral service is set for Monday, with burial to follow in Congers, N.Y.

Armstrong, 25, loaded her four kids into the van and drove six blocks to the river just minutes after Pierre left. She and the three youngest - 5-year-old Landon, 2-year-old Lance, and 11-month-old Lainaina - all perished.

Only 10-year-old LaShaun Armstrong survived by slipping out a power window in the sinking minivan and swimming back to shore.

"I loved Landon, Lance, Lainaina, Lashanda and still love Lashaun will all my heart," Pierre said.

Pierre was arrested in February after leaving his 2-year-old son unattended, with neighbors finding the half-naked child wandering in the snow.

Members of the Armstrong family gathered Wednesday along the banks of the Hudson River to celebrate what would have been Lainaina's first birthday.

On Thursday, the family will gather again in Spring Valley at a funeral for Lashanda.

lashanda armstrong with kids

1 comment:

  1. Again this tragedy is just sad. I wish more women didn't let a man drive them to do things like this. We have teach our daughters that nobody should ever be have such control over life that they make you want to harm yourself or anyone else.

    While he may not have told her to drive into the river, I think he needs to acknowledge the fact that he was a contributing factor of her decision to do what she did.