Water park executive charged after 10-year-old boy decapitated on slide

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (WDAF) -- Stunning allegations of negligence are included in the court document indicting Schlitterbahn Waterpark and one of its former executives on dozens of charges, including involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 water slide death of a 10-year-old boy.

Twenty-nine-year-old Tyler Miles, the former director of operations for Schlitterbahn's Kansas City, Kansas location, faces a total of 20 felony charges in connection with death of Caleb Schwab, who died while riding the Verrückt water slide in August 2016. He suffered a neck injury after the raft he was riding went airborne and hit netting and a metal rod above.

Schlitterbahn has also been indicted in the 10-year-old’s death. The KCK water park has been charged with involuntary manslaughter along with several other charges in connection to the 13 other people who were injured while riding the water slide, which has since been permanently shut down.

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A general view of the Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas July 8, 2014, before its scheduled opening on July 10.

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An empty raft is raised to the top for another load of riders during the public opening of the Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas July 10, 2014. The slide, at 168 feet 7 inches, is the world?s tallest waterslide according to the Guinness World Records. It has had its opening postponed three times.

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Riders slide down Verruckt, the world's tallest water slide, at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Kansas City, Kan.

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Family and friends of Caleb Schwab leave Life Mission Church on Friday Aug. 12, 2016, following the funeral in Olathe, Kan. Caleb Schwab died Aug. 7th on the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan.

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People stream into the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, as it re-opens three days after a 10-year-old boy died on the park's most noted attraction, the 17-story Verruckt slide.

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Riders make their way up the hump after coming down Verruckt, the world's tallest water slide, at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Kansas City, Kan.

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Riders take the plunge as an empty raft is lifted back to the top during the public opening of the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas July 10, 2014. The slide, at 168 feet 7 inches, is the world?s tallest waterslide according to the Guinness World Records. It has had its opening postponed three times.

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Workers scrub the Varruckt waterslide on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan.

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A worker takes down netting from the Varruckt waterslide on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan.

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Caleb Schwab died on the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., in August 2016. Owners say the slide will be demolished after the investigation into the death of the 10-year-old is complete.

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People watch as riders approach the second stage of the Verruckt waterslide during its public opening at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas July 10, 2014. The slide, at 168 feet 7 inches, is the world?s tallest waterslide according to the Guinness World Records. It has had its opening postponed three times.

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Lifeguards prepare to unload riders during the public opening of the Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas July 10, 2014. The slide, at 168 feet 7 inches, is the world?s tallest waterslide according to the Guinness World Records. It has had its opening postponed three times.

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The family of Caleb Schwab leave Life Mission Church on Friday Aug. 12, 2016, following the funeral in Olathe, Kan. Caleb Schwab died Aug. 7th on the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan.

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Read the full indictment court document here

Schwab was riding the water slide with two adult women. Court documents say video recordings show the boy was obeying all rider instructions while he was on the water slide.

But the ride ended in tragedy for the young boy and his family. Additionally, one of the women on the raft suffered a broken jaw. The other suffered a broken bone in her face and had to have stitches in her eye. The two women have since agreed to out-of-court financial settlements in this case. The Schwab family also reached a settlement with Schlitterbahn.

Court documents say the women's injuries were not the first that happened on the dangerous water slide, which was built in 2014.

Whistle-blowers from within Schlitterbahn told investigators that water park officials covered up similar incidents in the past, according to the indictment. Experts found physical evidence indicating that, in the past, other rafts had gone airborne and collided with the overhead hoops and netting.

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