Designers Of 17-Story Waterslide Face Charges In Boy's Decapitation
Added 03-27-18 08:06:05pm EST - “Once the world's tallest waterslide, the behemoth was demolished after the 2016 incident. Now, the Kansas park and its ride's designers have been slapped with charges including second-degree murder.” - Npr.org
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Riders crest a hump on the waterslide Verrückt in 2014. The 17-story slide was demolished after the 2016 death of a 10-year-old rider. Now, executives at the water park that built it, Schlitterbahn, are facing charges in the child's death. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption
Riders crest a hump on the waterslide Verrückt in 2014. The 17-story slide was demolished after the 2016 death of a 10-year-old rider. Now, executives at the water park that built it, Schlitterbahn, are facing charges in the child's death.
Roughly 18 months after a child died on what was once the world's tallest waterslide, authorities have indicted two water park executives in connection with the gruesome death. Their indictments — on charges ranging from second-degree murder to aggravated battery — cap a wide-ranging investigation launched after the 10-year-old rider was decapitated at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan.
Three men have been charged: the ride's two principal designers, Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeffrey Wayne Henry and John Timothy Schooley, as well as the park's director of operations, Tyler Austin Miles, who had been indicted earlier. Henry and Schooley, together with Schlitterbahn's private construction company, face 18 felony counts including second-degree murder — while Miles and the Kansas City park face 20 felony counts.
The grand jury indictments detail an operation that allegedly swung from irresponsibility to outright criminal misconduct in the years leading up to Caleb Thomas Schwab's death on Aug. 7, 2016.
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