Waterpark officials dispute charges in death

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A company that operated a waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas, says it “fully” disputes recent criminal charges arising from the decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on the ride.

An indictment that was unsealed Tuesday charges the co-owner of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, Jeffrey Henry, and the ride’s designer, John Schooley, with reckless second-degree murder in the 2016 death of Caleb Schwab.

Last week, the former operations manager of the water park, Tyler Austin Miles, was indicted on 20 felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter.  Schlitterbahn itself and its private construction company also face charges.

Schlitterbahn described Caleb’s death as a “terrible and tragic accident” in a statement. It says Henry, Schooley and Miles are “innocent” and that the company runs a “safe operation.”

Caleb died when his raft went airborne and he hit an overhead loop.

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