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U.S. authorities arrest designer of Kansas water slide that killed boy

A 10-year-old boy died on the 17-story ride in 2016 when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit an overhead loop. The arrest of the ride's designer follows an indictment by a Kansas grand jury last week, which alleges he lacked the proper engineering credentials


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DALLAS—U.S. federal authorities in Dallas have arrested one of the designers of a Kansas water park slide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy.

Trent Touchstone, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Dallas, said Tuesday that 72-year-old John Timothy Schooley was met by agents at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport late Monday.

Schooley will be held in Dallas pending his arraignment and extradition to Kansas on charges that include second-degree murder.

A Kansas grand jury last week indicted Schooley and Jeffrey Henry, a co-owner of Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. The indictment alleges Schooley lacked technical or engineering expertise in amusement park rides.

Caleb Schwab died on the 17-story Verruckt ride in 2016 when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit an overhead loop.


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