GBI arrests woman in connection with 4-year-old’s drowning during swimming lessons, officials say

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested a woman accused in the drowning of a four-year-old.

Burke County sheriff officials said on Jan. 17 at 8:30 p.m., the GBI arrested 66-year-old Lexie C. Tenhuisen of Waynesville, North Carolina.

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Authorities said Tenhuisen is accused in the drowning of four-year-old Israel Scott in June 2022.

Scott’s mother, Dori Scott told Channel 2 Action News he drowned on his second day of swim lessons.

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


It is unclear what led up to Scott’s drowning.

Tenhuisen was booked into the Burke County Detention Center on one count of involuntary manslaughter.

She has since posted her $10,000 cash preset bond from the Magistrate Court Bond Schedule.

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