NC woman arrested for drowning Ga. child during swimming class

16 days ago

Burke County news, Georgia news.

A North Carolina woman was arrested last week in connection with the drowning of a 4-year-old Georgia boy who died last summer.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations arrested 66-year-old Lexie C. Tenhuisen at around 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 and booked her into the Burke County Detention Center.

Tenhuisen is being prosecuted over the death of four-year-old Israel Scott who died on the second day of swimming lessons she was giving to at least 10 children in a Hephziubah backyard pool.

“I don't know what she was doing,” Scott's mother said. “I think there's more to it. I just pray that one day it comes out.”

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  • The swim instructor told detectives that she didn't know how Scott got to the deep end of the pool without her knowledge.

    “Tenhuisen claimed that the only thing she can think of in her mind is that while the kids were swimming, he got a little too close to the drop-off, but she doesn't remember that because there was just splashing, and she was watching them swim across,” a police report said.

    Scott's mom recalled the moment she was told to come to the backyard and learned about her child's death.

    “I walked in that fence and saw my baby laying on the side of the pool, and I saw some lady doing CPR on him. I lost it.”