Firefighter Husband Kenneth Cusick is to blame says family - Husband countered that his wife use to like to drink from the toilet like their dog does.
The family of an Ottawa, Ill., woman whose 2006 drowning in a toilet was ruled a homicide last year has filed a civil lawsuit against her husband, a local firefighter, claiming he killed her.
No criminal charges have been filed in Tracy Cusick's death, which her family has said is "eerily similar" to the 2004 bathtub drowning of Kathleen Savio. Former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson is charged with Savio's murder and scheduled to go on trial next month.
Cusick, 32, and her husband, Ottawa firefighter Kenneth Cusick, were having marital problems and were the only adults in their home at the time of her death, her family said. Her husband said he found her with her face floating in the water, police said.
Authorities initially said there were no signs of foul play, but her body was exhumed in 2010 and a second autopsy was performed, which detected injuries to her throat and face. At a LaSalle County coroner's inquest last year, a detective testified that a police investigation found it would have been impossible for Cusick to drown in the toilet "without a second party exerting some outside force." A coroner's jury ruled that her death was a homicide.
Supporters of Kenneth Cusick have previously said that only one side of the story has been publicized, noting that his wife had drug and alcohol problems. The county coroner has said all relevant details were shared at the inquest, which did not include any mention of the toxicology reports. Kenneth Cusick could not be reached for comment.
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