Schlitterbahn waterslide designer taken into custody

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The designer of the Kansas water slide on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated has been arrested in the child's death, the latest to be charged in the tragic 2016 incident.

John Schooley, 72, was taken into custody at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport after returning from China, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Henry's arrest Monday follows a Kansas grand jury's indictment last week of the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas, and its former operations director, Tyler Austin Miles, on 20 felony charges.

The men also face 12 counts of aggravated battery and five counts of endangering a child, jail records showed.

Two other individuals and two corporations have also been indicted on similar charges, and in connection with injuries sustained by 13 other persons, according to a press release from the Kansas Attorney General's office.

Henry was arrested last weekn in Texas ans waived extradition to Kansas. Henry's desire to "rush the project" and a lack of expertise caused the company to "skip fundamental steps in the design process".

"Not a single engineer was directly involved in Verruckt's dynamic engineering or slide path design", the indictment said.

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"In fact, the design and operation of the Verruckt complied with few, if any, of the industry safety standard", the indictment said. In one of those cases, a 15-year-old girl went temporarily blind while riding.

Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry is expected to be returned Tuesday night from Texas where he has been jailed on murder charges filed in Wyandotte County. He was the son of Republican state Rep. Scott Schwab, of Olathe, and the family reached settlements of almost $20 million with Schlitterbahn and various companies associated with the design and construction of the waterslide.

The indictment states that neither Schooley nor Henry had the technical expertise to build the ride which was meant to impress the makers of a Travel Channel documentary, NBC reported.

The two other women he was riding with were also seriously injured, one suffered a fractured jaw bone while the other had an orbital bone fracture. Their design "violated almost all aspects of the longstanding industry safety standards published by ASTM".

Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in a statement last week that the indictment "is filled with information that we fully dispute".

The indictment said Schooley admitted, "If we actually knew how to do this, and it could be done that easily, it wouldn't be that spectacular".

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