The designer of a waterslide that killed a 10-year-old boy at a Kansas City amusement park in 2016 has surrendered to U.S. Marshals after returning to the country.
The North Texas Fugitive Task Force took John Schooley into custody at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after the designer returned from China, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Schooley, 72, was indicted last week on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated endangering of a child.
His lawyer, J. Justin Johnston, said last week that his client was out of the country when the charges were filed and was “working with counsel to coordinate his prompt return to the United States” and that Schooley intended “to voluntarily surrender and defend the charges against him.” The U.S. Marshals Service said Schooley was being held in Dallas pending arraignment and removal to Kansas.
Caleb Schwab, the son of a Kansas state lawmaker, suffered a fatal neck injury on the Verrückt waterslide on Aug. 7, 2016, according to the Kansas City Police Department.
Investigators believe the raft collided with one of the ride’s metal hoops, decapitating the boy and badly injuring the two other passengers, leaving one with a fractured jaw bone and the other with an orbital bone fracture.