'Nothing Criminal' In Boy's Waterslide Death

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Verruckt, the world's largest waterslideVerruckt, the world's largest waterslide

Officials have declined to press charges after a 10-year-old boy died on the world's largest waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas. Investigators will instead treat the incident as a civil matter.

Caleb Schwab, son of Republican State Rep. Scott  Schwab, died after riding the 168-foot-tall Verruckt waterslide, which Guinness World Records confirmed to be the tallest in the world. Fox News reports that few details are being released and it is unclear if the boy's autopsy results will be available to the public. 

Verruckt, which means "insane" in German, is the top attraction at Kansas' Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

Riders travel down the slide -- a 17-story drop -- on a raft "only to be blasted back up a second massive hill and then sent down yet another gut-wrenching 50-foot drop," according to the park's website. 

No police report is available to the public at this time, nor have authorities released any information. A spokeswoman for the park told reporters that Caleb was at the park with his family and said, "We honestly don't know what's happened."

According to CBS, this is the first time a Schlitterbahn visitor died inside the park. The slide is inspected daily by a third-party organization.

Scott released a statement asking for privacy while he grieves.

"Since the day he was born, [Caleb] brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with," Scott said in the statement, according to CBS. 

House Speaker Ray Merrick told the Kansas City Star that Scott's family is "the center of his world."

On the day of the slide's opening, designer Jeff Henry told reporters that the slide was dangerous, but "a safe dangerous. Schlitterbahn is a family water park, but this isn’t a family ride. It’s for the thrill seekers of the world, people into extreme adventure.”

Sources: Fox News, CBS, Kansas City Star / Photo credit: Schlitterbahn, Fox News

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