Waterslide designer wanted in boy's death arrested in Texas

The architect of a deadly Kansas waterslide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy was arrested overnight at a Dallas airport.

U.S. Marshals took John Schooley into custody at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after his flight from China touched down, the U.S. Marshals Service announced.

He’s currently awaiting an arraignment, CBS News reports, and will then be extradited to Kansas City, where he’s charged with second-degree murder for the 2016 death of Caleb Schwab.

The 10-year-old boy was killed nearly two years ago while riding on Schlitterbahn Waterpark’s “Verruckt,” a 168-foot water slide designed by Schooley.

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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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But an indictment filed last month against the 72-year-old suspect found he “possessed no engineering credential relevant to amusement ride design or safety.”

He and Jeff Henry, co-owner of the Kansas City park, were also found to have rushed along construction of the 17-story death trap, which has sat idle since Caleb’s death.

The boy was killed when the raft in which he was riding went flying into the air, striking an overhead loop.

His father was Rep. Schott Schwab, a Republican state lawmaker, and the family was attending the park on a day in which admission was free for lawmakers.

Both Henry and Schooley were hit with multiple other felony charges, as were the park and former operations director Tyler Austin Miles, who was hit with an involuntary murder charge.

A Schlitterbahn spokeswoman disputed the allegations against the officials after Henry was arrested last week.

"We as a company and as a family will fight these allegations and have confidence that once the facts are presented it will be clear that what happened on the ride was an unforeseeable accident."

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