Family searches for answers after 4-year-old drowns during swimming lesson

A Georgia family is searching for answers after Israel “Izzy” Scott died during a swimming lesson, TODAY reports.

According to Scott’s parents, Dori and Walt Scott, the 4-year-old was attending his second swimming lesson at “Swim With Lexie”, a company where his older sister had taken lessons two years earlier. During her first lesson on June 13, she was told that parents could not attend lessons in order to prevent the children from being distracted.

“I got it because I’m a hairstylist and I know kids can act different when their parents are around,” Dori Scott said in an interview with TODAY Parents. “But I didn’t want to leave my baby.”

According to a report from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Dori admitted her son was hesitant to attend a second lesson the next day, June 14.

“What if I drown?” Dori said Izzy asked. She also told officials that she reassured him that this would not happen and that she waited for him in the vehicle to complete the lesson until she was told to go see her. son by another parent.

“I walked through the door and saw Izzy laying [next to] the pool is not responding,” she shared. “A relative was doing CPR but he was limp.”

The report also notes that nine other children were included in the lesson. Following the incident, Izzy was transported to a local medical center followed by Augusta Children’s Medical Center. On June 15, he was pronounced dead from “accidental drowning”.

“It felt like a dream…a mother’s worst nightmare,” Dori recalled. Although the family has not filed a complaint over Izzy’s death, a lawyer representing the family revealed that they are currently in the “fact-finding phase”.

“We don’t have a concrete account of what happened,” civil rights attorney Lee Merritt said. At this time, the family says they have received no further details from Lexie TenHuisen, the instructor in charge of the lesson.

Instead, they received a Venmo refund for the class, as well as a condolence card from TenHuisen two weeks after the incident. “It wasn’t an apology,” Izzy’s father Walt said.