The Latest: Water park firm says it expected leader’s arrest


(AP) — The Latest on the criminal case arising from a 10-year-old boy’s death on a giant slide at a Kansas City water park (all times local):

7:05 p.m.

A spokeswoman says a water park company was not surprised by the arrest of its co-owner in connection with a Kansas criminal case arising from a boy’s death on a giant waterslide.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said Monday that the company is confident it will be clear 10-year-old Caleb Schwab’s death was an accident once the facts are presented. The boy died in August 2016 at Schlitterbahn’s park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Records showed that Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeffrey Henry was booked into the jail in Cameron County, Texas.

Henry’s arrest follows a Kansas grand jury’s indictment last week of the Kansas City park and former operations director Tyler Austin Miles on 20 felony charges. They included a single count of involuntary manslaughter over Caleb’s death.Related Content: Video captures the moment a boy falls off a waterslide in California

5:15 p.m.

A newspaper report says the co-owner of the company operating a Kansas water park has been arrested in connection with a criminal case arising from a 10-year-old boy’s death on a giant waterslide.

The Kansas City Star reports that Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts co-owner Jeffrey Henry was arrested Monday in Cameron County, Texas. A captain in the local sheriff’s department told the newspaper that Henry was arrested by U.S. marshals on a Kansas warrant.

A grand jury in Kansas last week indicted the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas, and its former operations director on 20 felony counts. They included involuntary manslaughter over the August 2016 death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab.

The boy was decapitated while riding what was billed as the world’s largest waterslide.Related Content: Local amusement park talks ride safety

4:15 p.m.

A Kansas water park’s operator says it will open again as scheduled this spring and aggressively contest criminal charges arising from a 10-year-old boy’s death on a giant slide.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts said in a statement Monday that a grand jury indictment’s allegation that the 2016 accident was foreseeable is “beyond the pale of speculation.”

The company also promised to respond to the allegations in the indictment “point by point” in coming weeks.

A Wyandotte County grand jury indicted the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas, and former executive Tyler Miles on 20 felony charges. Miles’ attorneys also said he is innocent.

The charges include involuntary manslaughter in the death of Caleb Schwab in August 2016. He was decapitated on the Verruckt waterslide touted as the world’s largest.

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