WHEELING — A Wheeling man was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he allegedly closed the lid over a hot tub while his wife was struggling to get out, police said.
Eric Huska, 58, was arrested Saturday night at his home in the 300 block of Marion Court. The death of his wife, Laura Huska, 57, was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
According to a news release from Wheeling police, an investigation revealed an outdoor video surveillance recording of the incident. The video showed Laura Huska was in distress and trying to get out of the hot tub on her own, police said.
Eric Huska initially attempted to help his wife out of the tub. Then, police said, he "partially closed the lid of the hot tub" while his wife was still in it.
The husband went into the residence but later returned to the tub and found his wife "floating unresponsive inside the closed hot tub," police said in the news release.
Police were called to the home at 6:45 p.m. Wheeling paramedics attempted lifesaving measures and transported the woman to Glenbrook Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.