Mom and her lawyer talk about the drowning death of a 4-year-old child

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Today we have new details on a drowning that claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy on her second day of swimming lessons.

With no suspicion of foul play, the autopsy determined that Israel “Izzy” Scott’s June 14 drowning was accidental. But Izzy’s family asked attorney Lee Merritt’s office to investigate the civil negligence.

News 12 spoke with Merritt as well as Izzy’s mother, Dori Scott, in an interview that will air tonight.

Merritt told News 12 the family is asking Burke County prosecutors to investigate an allegation of criminal negligence to take it to a grand jury, and then the grand jurors could choose an indictment.

Merritt shared with us what the Burke County Sheriff’s Office told the family.


Izzy drowned near the end of the swimming lesson, about 10 minutes before her lesson was due and she moved on to a new class, Merritt said.

Merritt said it was unclear how many children were in the class. Ten minutes before the end of class, the next class arrived and it was the instructor’s habit to have the children swim along the side of the pool, Merritt said.

The last time the instructor said he worked with Izzy was just before the students were swimming along the side of the pool as he picked up rings from the bottom of the pool.

It was her habit to wait at the bottom of the pool and let all the swimmers pass her and she would be the last out, Merritt said.

Merritt said Izzie’s family was told that when other families came in, the instructor would talk to them when someone noticed Izzy was still in the pool and was underwater in the large bath.

Merritt said there was a gap of about 10 minutes between the last time she saw Izzy and when he was discovered drowning in the pool, and authorities don’t know what happened. happened during this interval.

The incident happened at a private residence that was not the instructor’s home, but she was a licensed professional, Merritt told the family.

Merritt said authorities were looking to ensure business was running smoothly with certifications, staff available to handle the number of children and compliance with safety requirements.

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