Husband is charged in wife’s hot tub drowning death

Husband is ‘caught on home surveillance video drowning his wife by closing the lid of their hot tub while she struggles to get out’

  • Eric Huska, 58, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the hot tub drowning death of his wife, Laura Huska, 57
  • Police say home security video showed Eric closing hot tub lid on his distressed wife, after initially trying to help her get out 
  • Eric left the backyard, then returned 90 minutes later to find Laura floating in the water 
  • Husband has no history of arrests and police have no record of service calls to couple’s home in Wheeling, Illinois   

A suburban Chicago man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the hot tub drowning death of his wife, after police say he was caught on surveillance video partially closing the lid of the tub.

Eric Huska, 58, of Wheeling, was arrested on Saturday night, accused of preventing his wife from getting out of the backyard hot tub.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death of 57-year-old Laura Huska a homicide.   


Eric Huska, 58 (left), has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the hot tub drowning death of his wife, Laura Huska, 57 (pictured together in the hot tub)

Police say home security video showed Eric closing the lid of the hot tub on his distressed wife, after initially trying to help her get out

Police and paramedics were summoned to the huskas’ Wheeling, Illinois, home (pictured) Saturday evening 

According to Wheeling police, home security video showed the couple drinking in the hot tub at their home in the 300 block of Marion Court for some time before the distressed Laura unsuccessfully tried to get out. 

It also showed Eric initially trying to help his wife, but then closing the tub’s lid over her head.

Deputy Chief Todd Wolff said the wife was seen in the video struggling against the cover. 

Eric returned to the tub about 90 minutes later, opened the lid and found his wife floating in the water.


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Eric and Laura had been drinking in the hot tub before the wife unsuccessfully tried to get out 

Squeaky clean: Police have no record of service calls to the Huskas’ home, and the husband has no history of arrests

Police and paramedics were summoned to the Huskas’ home at 6.45pm. Laura was rushed to Glenbrook Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. 

The medical examiner found the victim’s manner of death to be drowning by entrapment. 

Police have yet to determine a motive, but they say alcohol was a factor, reported Chicago Daily Herald.  

Huska appeared in court Tuesday and had his bail set at $10,000. 

Police said the husband has no prior criminal history, and they have no record of service calls to the Huska family’s home in Wheeling, where the pair have lived since 2003.  

According to her LinkedIn profile, Laura Huska worked as an information technology manager for a private firm. 

Eric’s Facebook page was filled with touching and romantic photos of him and his wife

Recent social media post reveal that Laura and her siblings had just lost their elderly mother a week prior to the hot tub incident.  

Eric’s Facebook page, which has since been deleted, was filled with romantic photos of him and his wife, including in their backyard hot tub.  

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