Swim instructor arrested in 4-year-old Izzy Scott’s drowning

Georgia authorities say a swimming instructor has been arrested in the drowning of 4-year-old Israel “Izzy” Scott. (Source: WRDW)
Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 7:53 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2023 at 11:31 AM EST
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HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A Burke County swimming instructor has been arrested in connection with the drowning of 4-year-old Israel “Izzy” Scott, and an arrest warrant details the charge against her.

According to deputies, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents served an arrest warrant on 66-year-old Lexie Tenhuisen around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

On June 14, Israel drowned on his second day of swimming lessons at a home in Burke County.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office initially declined to charge Tenhuisen in connection with the death. However, District Attorney Jared Williams decided just before Christmas weekend to charge her with the misdemeanor of involuntary manslaughter.

An arrest warrant for the swim instructor alleges she “did cause the death Israel Scott, a human being, without any intention to do so by the commission of a lawful act, giving private swim lessons, in an unlawful manner likely to cause death and great bodily harm, to wit: conducting said swim lessons without due caution and circumspection as to the whereabouts and safety of Israel Scott, a 4-year-old child, resulting in criminal negligence.”

According to the arrest warrant, the offense was committed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. June 14


Tenhuisen was booked into the Burke County Detention Center on Tuesday night and charged with involuntary manslaughter, which is a misdemeanor.

She was released on a $10,000 bond.