Former water park executive charged in Kansas boy's slide death

Former water park executive charged in Kansas boy's slide death

Former water park executive charged in Kansas boy's slide death

Right now, Tyler Austin Miles is in jail on a $15,000 bond that they asked to be reduced, but was denied.

The indictment includes charges of involuntary manslaughter against Schlitterbahn Waterpark and against Tyler Austin Miles, a former director of operations at the waterpark.

It followed an 18-month investigation which learned that other rafts and had collided with overhead poles and netting before his death.

Caleb Schwab died on the slide in 2016. Miles worked at the Kansas City water park when Schwab entered the Verruckt water slide and was somehow decapitated.

Former water park executive charged in Kansas boy's slide death

The charges will be prosecuted by the Kansas Attorney General's Office, which assumed responsibility for the case in December 2016 at the request of the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office.

Schitterbahn spokesman Winter Prospapio said the company was "deeply disappointed" that Miles had been charged with what they called a "terrible accident" at the Kansas City park. "Our review of the facts and circumstances of the accident has never shown any evidence of criminal conduct on the part of anyone", Schlitterbahn said in a statement.

The safety of our Schlitterbahn guests and employees has been at the forefront of our culture throughout our 40 years of operations.

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The ride complied with "few, if any" longstanding safety standards established by the American Society for Testing and Materials, and corporate correspondence found that "the child's death and the rapidly growing list of injuries were foreseeable and expected outcomes", according to the indictment.

The statement went on to commend Miles, saying he had "demonstrated the highest dedication to safety, from the training of our lifeguards and ride operators, to ensuring all rides have operated in accordance with our strict protocols".

'He was conscientious and committed to providing visitors to the water park a safe and enjoyable experience.

On the day in question, Caleb's father, state Rep. Scott Schwab, brought the family to the Kansas City park for Lawmaker Day. The state has since enacted regulations providing for daily inspections and fines for safety violations.

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Caleb Schwab's family reached settlements of almost $20 million with Schlitterbahn and various companies associated with the design and construction of the waterslide. The young boy was decapitated while going on the waterslide with two other women.

A grand jury has indicted a corporation for involuntary manslaughter after a 10-year-old boy died on a giant waterslide at one of the company's water parks in Kansas.

"The death of (Caleb) appeared at first to be an isolated and unforeseeable incident until whistleblowers from within Schlitterbahn's own ranks came forward and revealed that Shlitterbahn officials had covered up similar incidents in the past", said the indictment, filed in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Two of the cases were brought in MA and one each in Ohio, Tennessee and Texas, according to the newspaper's search of news stories. She said Schwab's death was a "horrible tragedy". A jury convicted him of a lesser charge of reckless homicide.

According to criminal charges, more than a dozen people had been injured on the waterslide. The accident, in which a passenger gondola broke loose, left an 18-year-old man dead and injured seven others.

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