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Water park company co-owner arrested over Kansas death

TOPEKA, Kansas. A water park company co-owner was arrested Monday in Texas in connection with a Kansas criminal case arising from a 10-year-old boy died on what was promoted as the world’s largest water slide.

Records show that Jeffery Henry, co-owner of Schlitterbahn water Parks and Resorts, was booked in the jail in Cameron County, Texas. He was being held without bond, and jail booking clerk said that he would remain there until a court appearance Tuesday.

Henry’s arrest follows a Kansas grand jury indictment last week of the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas, and its former director of operations, Tyler Austin Miles, on 20 felony charges. They, on a single count of involuntary manslaughter over the death of Caleb Schwab in 2016.

Schlitterbhan spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in a statement that, given last week’s indictment, the company is not surprised by Henry’s arrest.

“We are as a company and as a family will fight these accusations and am confident that once the facts are presented, it will be clear that what happened on the ride was an unforeseen accident,” she said in a statement via e-mail.

Caleb was beheaded during the ride on the Verruckt slide in Kansas City park. The indictment alleges that the ride met little, if any, the industrial standards and the Mileage is delayed or avoided necessary repairs. Verruckt is closed since the death.

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Also contributing was Terry Wallace in Dallas, Texas.

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