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Waterslide designer detained over decapitation of 10-year-old boy

Waterslide designer detained over decapitation of 10-year-old boy

Henry was arrested last weekn in Texas ans waived extradition to Kansas.

Henry was arrested last week and is being held in a Texas jail without bond, according to NBCDFW.

"Verruckt suffered from a long list of unsafe design flaws; however, the most obvious and potentially lethal flaw was that Verruckt's design guaranteed that rafts would occasionally go airborne in a manner that could severely injure or kill the occupants", the indictment read.

The designer of Verruckt is now in custody.

After the Guinness Book of World Records certified Verrückt as the world's tallest water slide, Henry tore down half of it to make corrections, delaying the planned opening and costing an additional $1 million, USA TODAY reported in 2016.

The indictment reveals that Schooley and ride co-designer Jeff Wayne Henry, also indicted, had no technical or engineering credentials.

He's now awaiting an arraignment, CBS News reports, and will then be extradited to Kansas City, where he's charged with second-degree murder for the 2016 death of Caleb Schwab. It said that "not a single engineer was directly involved in Verruckt's dynamic engineering or slide path design" and listed 13 injuries during the 182 days the ride was in operation.

Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in a statement to CBS News Tuesday that the latest indictment against Henry, Schooley and the construction company "is filled with information that we fully dispute". In one of those cases, a 15-year-old girl went temporarily blind.

In this July 9, 2014, file photo, riders go down the water slide called "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan. The two women suffered face injuries and lacerations, according to investigators.

Amusement ride design and safety experts who examined the water slide found physical evidence that other rafts had gone airborne, colliding with the overhead hoops and netting, and that the slide complied with few, if any, of the 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.

"Clearly the issues with Schlitterbahn go far beyond Caleb's incident, and we know the attorney general will take appropriate steps in the interest of public safety", the family said in a statement released Monday through their attorneys. The Verruckt slide has been closed since Caleb died.

The company also operates water parks here in Corpus Christi, Galveston, South Padre Island and New Braunfels.


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