The Latest: Child killed at water park was lawmaker's son

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) " The Latest on a death at a Kansas City, Kansas, waterpark (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

The child who died at a Kansas City, Kansas, water park has been identified as the son of a state lawmaker.

Authorities did not immediately identify the boy who died at Schlitterbahn Waterpark on Sunday, but Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife released a statement saying it was their son Caleb Thomas Schwab.

The statement thanked the community for an "outpouring of support and compassion" after his sudden death. It asks for privacy as the family grieves.

Officials said the boy died on the park's main attraction, the Verruckt, a 168-foot-tall water slide.


6:30 p.m.

A 12-year-old boy has died on a Kansas water slide billed as the world's largest.

Kansas City, Kansas, police spokesman Officer Cameron Morgan says the boy died Sunday at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark spokeswoman Winter Prosapio says the child died on the park's main attraction, the Verruckt, a 168-foot-tall water slide.

Police and Prosapio did not provide details of how the child died or the child's identity.

Prosapio says the park was closed Sunday and Monday, and the ride would be closed while the death is investigated.

The park's website says Verruckt is the largest water slide in the world, and riders must be at least 54 inches tall.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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