Parents arrested after girl, 3, drowns in backyard pool

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have arrested the parents of a 3-year-old Lancaster County girl who drowned in her family’s backyard swimming pool last April.

Geoffrey A. Bussard, 45, and Susie L. Rehm, 39, are each charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of children.

Bussard and Rehm’s daughter, Izabella Bussard, drowned April 28 at her family’s Manheim Township home. While the death was ruled accidental, investigators say the home entry to the pool was not secured, and the condition of the home in the 200 block of Farmstead Lane was “horrendous.”

In a news release Wednesday, police said boxes, clothing, and trash cluttered every room, dog feces was all over the living room carpet, and the house was filled with the odor of urine and fecal matter.

Additionally, Bussard and Rehm admitted they often used illegal drugs and placed the care of their 3-year-old with their 14-year-old daughter daily while they slept, police said.

Investigators have said no one saw the girl enter the pool, and she was likely in the water 10 to 15 minutes before she was found.

Bussard and Rehm were arrested Monday. Both have been released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

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