A Chicago husband has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after he allegedly partially closed the lid on their backyard hot tub while his wife was in it.
Eric Huska of Wheeling is accused of causing his wife’s death after home surveillance showed the couple relaxing and drinking in the hot tub before Laura Huska, 57, tried to get out of the tub, according to police.
Eric, 58, initially tried to help his wife, police said, but then allegedly partially closed the lid on her.
Video footage showed Laura struggle against the cover, according to Wheeling Police Department Deputy Chief Todd Wolff.
Eric allegedly returned 90 minutes later, removed the cover and found his wife floating in the water.
Laura’s death was ruled a homicide caused by drowning from entrapment.
“It’s a tragic incident,” Wolff said during a press conference. “Unfortunately the woman died. Alcohol and hot tubs don’t mix.”
After allegedly waiting the hour and a half, Eric then called 911 and Laura was transported to Glenbrook Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.
He has since been released from jail on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
“It's a very tragic situation,” Eric’s attorney, Steven J. Weinberg, told the Chicago Tribune. “My client loved his wife and he’s heartbroken.”
InsideEdition.com reached out to Weinberg, who did not immediately return a request for comment.