An Illinois man is behind bars after he closed a hot tub lid on his wife, causing her death, but why the incident happened in the first place remains a mystery.
CBS Chicago reports that security footage from the home of Eric Huska, 58, showed him initially trying to help his wife, 57-year-old Laura Huska, out of a hot tub in their backyard at around 6:30 p.m. on February 9. Soon after, he gave up and left his wife inside the hot tub and partially closed a lid over it, before walking inside the home. Authorities said that “alcohol played a factor,” but there were no reported arguments or fights.
Security footage showed Huska walking back to the hot tub around 90 minutes later. When he checked on her, Laura was unconscious. The incident happened at their residence off of the 300 block of Marion Court in Wheeling.
Eric Huska has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after police say he closed the lid of a hot tub on his wife, Laura Huska's, head while she was "distressed," trapping her inside and then leaving her to die at their Wheeling, Illinois, home: https://t.co/C37AjxONAi pic.twitter.com/HyxvtSSlhi
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“She wasn’t in any condition to get out on her own, and she would’ve had to lift the lid to get out,” Deputy Chief Todd Wolff with the Wheeling Police Department told CBS Chicago. “Initially he closed it down on top her head–she couldn’t get out.”
Wolff added that Laura struggled to get the lid open for a bit, then eventually stopped. At around 6:45 p.m., Huska called 911. Laura was rushed to the Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, where she died, according to the Daily Tribune.
“For whatever reason he put the cover over her head,” Wolff said. “We are sure alcohol was a major factor.”
Huska reportedly had no prior criminal record and police had never been to the home before over any domestic disputes. He was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.
A a judge set bail for Huska at $10,000.
[Feature Photo: Eric Huska/Wheeling Police; Facebook]