The Verrückt water slide is photographed from a distance in early 2017. | Via elisfkc/Wikimedia

Schlitterbahn co-owner, slide designer charged in child’s death



Two men now face second-degree murder charges in the 2016 death of a 10-year-old boy on a Kansas City, Kansas, water slide.

The Kansas Attorney General unsealed a new indictment in the case on Tuesday, charging Jeff Henry, co-owner of the Schlitterbahn water park, and John Schooley, designer of the Verruckt water slide, with second-degree murder. Henry & Sons Construction Company, a contractor controlled by Henry, also was charged.

All three also face charges of aggravated endangerment of a child and aggravated battery.

In 2016, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed on the Verruck slide when a raft he was on went airborne and hit a metal pole.

The three stand accused of “unlawfully, feloniously and recklessly” killing Schwab.

The charges come after Tyler Austin Miles, a former operations manager at Schlitterbahn, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated endangerment of a child and aggravated battery in connection to Schwab’s death. That indictment said Miles and others tried to cover up evidence of previous injuries on the Verruckt.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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