Designer of Schlitterbahn slide that decapitated boy arrested at DFW

Tyler Austin Miles 29 was charged with involuntary manslaughter

The 10-year-old boy was killed almost two years ago while riding on Schlitterbahn Waterpark's "Verruckt", a 168-foot water slide designed by Schooley.

Trent Touchstone, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Dallas, said 72-year-old John Timothy Schooley was met by agents at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as he arrived Monday on a flight from China. The raft Caleb was riding went airborne, hitting a pole and netting created to keep riders from being thrown from the ride.

A Kansas grand jury last month indicted Schooley along with the water park, its construction company, park co-owner Jeffrey Henry and former director of operations Tyler Miles on criminal charges in Caleb's death.

Henry, Schooley and the construction company face one felony count of second-degree murder and Miles and the park, one count of involuntary manslaughter, over Caleb's death.

All five defendants are charged with aggravated battery and aggravated child endangerment for injuries suffered by 13 others, including four children, on the water slide before Caleb's death.

Henry was ordered held in a Texas jail without bond Tuesday, pending extradition to Kansas.

Authorities in Texas say the co-owner of a water park who has been charged in the decapitation death of a 10-year-old boy has been extradited 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".

John Schooley, designer of the "Verruckt" water slide.

'In fact, the design and operation of the Verruckt complied with few, if any, of the industry safety standards, ' the indictment says.

Schlitterbahn, which also operates four water parks in Texas, has vowed to fight the charges.

"Not a single engineer was directly involved in Verruckt's dynamic engineering or slide path design", according to the indictment, which also said that after news reports about airborne rafts during testing, Henry and his designer began "secretly testing at night to avoid scrutiny". In one of those cases, a 15-year-old girl went temporarily blind, according to the indictment. "These experts noted that Verruckt's design violated almost all aspects" of longstanding industry safety standards.

The family reached settlements of almost $20 million with Schlitterbahn and various companies associated with the design and construction of the waterslide.

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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