TOPEKA, Kan. – The Latest on charges filed in the death of a 10-year-old boy on a waterslide at a Kansas waterpark (all times local):
The co-owner of a Kansas City, Kansas, water park will not oppose his extradition to Kansas, where a 10-year-old boy died on a water slide in 2016.
For now, Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeffrey Wayne Henry will remain in Cameron County Jail in Brownsville, Texas, without bond. However, Magistrate Judge Luis Sorrola said he'd entertain a request to grant Henry bond if Kansas officials don't pick him up by Tuesday.
Henry is charged with murder, aggravated battery and child endangerment in an indictment in Kansas. He and water slide designed John Schooley are charged in an indictmen in the decapitation death of 10-yuear-old Caleb Schwab at Schlitterbahn's the Kansas City, Kansas, water park.
Kansas says it will conduct a full audit of the inspection records of a Kansas City water park where a 10-year-old boy died in 2016.
The state Department of Labor said Wednesday that it will conduct the audit before the Schlitterbahn park opens its annual season May 25.
Department spokeswoman Barbara Hersh said the park is required to have qualified inspectors examine its rides daily and to keep reports on those inspections. She said the department will ensure that the inspections have been done.
A grand jury has indicted the park, its former operations director, a Schlitterbahn co-owner, a ride designer and a construction company on multiple criminal charges.
The charges arise from the August 2016 death of Caleb Schwab on the world's largest waterslide at the park.
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.
Three people have been indicted in the death of a 10-year-old Kansas boy on what was promoted as the world's largest waterslide.
The Kansas attorney general's office says Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts co-owner Jeffrey Henry and ride designer John Schooley are charged with reckless second-degree murder in the indictment unsealed Tuesday. The charges stem from the 2016 death of Caleb Schwab, who was decapitated when his raft went airborne at the water park in Kansas City, Kansas.
The grand jury last week also indicted the park and its former operations manager, Tyler Austin Miles, on 20 felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter.
Miles' attorney says he was released on $50,000 bond. Henry was ordered held without bond and prosecutors say Schooley is not in custody.