A man has been charged in connection to the 2016 death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab on the Verruckt Waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
Tyler A. Miles has been charged with one count of felony involuntary manslaughter in Wyandotte County District Court after turning himself in Friday.
Schwab suffered a fatal neck injury on the afternoon of Aug. 7, 2016 when he and two women went down the slide together.
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office has also charged Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kan. with involuntary manslaughter.
Miles and Schlitterbahn were also indicted in connection with injuries sustained by 13 other people, including four minors, while riding the waterslide.
Those charges include aggravated battery and aggravated endangering a child.
Additionally, Miles is charged with two counts of interference with law enforcement and Schlitterbahn is charged with one count of interference with law enforcement.
Before it was announced Schlitterbahn was indicted, the corporation sent out a statement about Miles saying the company is, “deeply disappointed to learn that any individual is being personally charged for the terrible accident on Verruckt.”
Additionally, the statement said:
“Our staff, since we opened Schlitterbahn Kansas City, has demonstrated the highest dedication to safety, from the training of our lifeguards and ride operators, to ensuring all rides have operated in accordance with our strict protocols. Our team has been conscientious and committed to providing visitors to the waterpark a safe and enjoyable experience. We are shocked by any allegations of impropriety or negligence on the part of anyone associated with Verruckt.”
Miles turned himself in Friday and appeared before court, pleading not guilty.
A jury trial date is set for Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.
A copy of the unsealed indictment is available on the Wyandotte County District Court’s website at https://www.wycocourtks.org/cases.html.