After 10-Year-Old Boy’s Decapitation On Waterslide, Park Designers Charged With Murder

It's been nearly 2 years since this tragic accident.

I can’t even imagine the pain that the parents of Caleb Schwab are still feeling. Two years ago, On August 7, 2017, the 10-year-old boy was enjoying a summer day with his family when the unthinkable happened. While going down a slide at the water park, specifically the slide Verrückt, at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, the raft he was riding down went airborne and collided with the netting overhead and metal hoops. According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, this is what caused his death and the shocking event that left so many people stunned.

According to PEOPLE, “The Verrückt (German for “crazy” or “insane”) was named the world’s tallest waterslide by Guinness World Records in 2014. Rafts riding down it allegedly hit speeds of up to 70 mph.”

Since the death of the 10-year-old, his parents have been looking for answers and hoping to save any other family from the pain and suffering they’ve been since their vacation day turned deadly. Officials have continued to investigate exactly what happened and even now, nearly two years later, two people have been arrested in connection with his death.

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Credit: KCTV, Instagram / @coasters_nl2

According to PEOPLE, a “Wyandotte County grand jury indicted the following on charges of reckless second-degree murder: Jeffrey Wayne Henry, a co-owner of Schlitterbahn Companies and a designer of the waterslide; John Timothy Schooley, also a designer of the slide; and Henry & Sons Construction Company, Inc., the corporation involved in the slide’s construction.”

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Devan McGuinness

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