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The Latest:Grand jury: Kansas water slide was “a lethal weapon”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Latest on the charges filed in the death of a 10-year-old boy on a water slide at a Kansas water park (all times are local):

4:45 pm

A grand jury indictment says the officers who designed, built and operated, a giant slide at a Kansas water park knew that it was “a deadly weapon” when they have a 10-year-old boy to get in a raft that later went into the air and decapitated him.

The Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, and former director of the park were indicted Friday on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in August 2016, the death of Caleb Schwab.

The indictment alleges that officials rushed the design and construction of the Verruckt water slide. The indictment says operators were aware of at least 13 different injuries, including two concussions — on the ride and that the specific raft He was on was abnormally fast, and would go airborne more often than other rafts.

A Schlitterbahn spokeswoman has not responded to requests for comment on the indictment.

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3:30 pm

A grand jury has accused a company for involuntary manslaughter after a 10-year-old boy died from a giant water slide at one of the company of the water parks in Kansas.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Friday that the Schlitterbahn water Park in Kansas City, Kansas, was accused along with a former executive in August 2016, the death of Caleb Schwab, who was beheaded on the 17-story “Verruckt” water slide.

Schmidt said that the charges also include the injuries suffered by 13 other people, including four children, who rode on the slide. The executive, Tyler, Miles, and Schlitterbahn are also faced with the costs of interfering with the enforcement of the law.

A spokeswoman for Schlitterbahn not immediately return a call for comment.

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2:30 pm

A former member of the Schlitterbahn pled not guilty Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 10-year-old boy who was decapitated on a slide at the Kansas water park.

Twenty-nine-year-old Tyler Austin Milesa, former operational director of the company, was charged Friday in August 2016, the death of Caleb Schwab in the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas.

Miles is the only person charged so far in the death, which occurred at the raft he was in hit a pole and nets in the 17-story Verruckt water slide. Miles also faces 19 other costs.

Schlitterbahn officials defended Miles after the charges were filed, saying they stood by him and were shocked by the accusations against him.

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2 hours

A former director of the Kansas water park, where a 10-year-old boy died in a giant slide has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Tyler Austin Miles, who is an operations director for Schlitterbahn, was booked into the Wyandotte County jail Friday and is being held on $50,000 bond.

Caleb Schwab died in August 2016, the 17-story Verruckt water slide in the park in the west of Kansas City, Kansas. An autopsy showed the boy was decapitated when the raft he and two women were on went up in the air. It hit a pole that supported nets that are designed to keep riders from flying off the ride.

The Winter Prospapio, a spokeswoman for Schlitterbahn, said the company is “deeply disappointed” that someone was charged for the “terrible accident.” She said Schlitterbahn was Miles, who left the company for another job in September.

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