Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Another investigation regarding the death of a minor in an Xcaret water park has been opened by authorities. The Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) says they have opened another investigation against officials involved in the case after accusations of pressure to sign a legal waiver in favor of the Xcaret water park.
The investigation is in regards to the March 27 drowning death of a 13-year-old minor who’s father, Dr. Miguel Ángel Luna Calvo, has repeatedly said he was pressured by Xcaret lawyers to sign a waiver of forgiveness in favor of the park before the body of his son was released to him.
The Prosecutor’s Office says officials are being investigated for “possible irregularities in their actions during the initiation and integration of an investigation for the possible commission of the crime of culpable homicide for events that occurred to the detriment of a minor who lost his life in a theme park located in this municipality.”
Luna Caldo denounced pressure and “intimidation” from the water park’s lawyers to sign a pardon in favor of the Xenses park, owned by Grupo Xcaret.
The FGE syas that the Directorate of Supervision, Evaluation and Control of the actions of public servants initiated a complaint against those who are responsible, which will be sent to the Internal Control Body “to strengthen investigations and define the administrative sanctions and / or legal actions that derive from it”.
They say “in no way are we going to allow a public official to not fully comply with the mission of serving, professionally and sensibly, each citizen who requires the necessary care for the correct, effective and expeditious prosecution of justice”.
Their announcement came after media interviews with the father revealed he was made to wait more than six hours for the body of his son, which was handed over to him only after signing the legal waiver.
He has also repeatedly said that he was prohibited from providing an official statement of his version of what happened inside the water park, who authorities acknowledge, failed to call 911 or notify the Public Ministry of the accident.
The boy, 13-year-old Leo N, died in hospital March 28 after being trapped in an Xenses water park filter system. The boy was sucked into the system March 27, while visiting the park with his family.
On April 1, the FGE began an official wrongful death investigation into the Xenses water park that resulted in the Riolajante attraction inside Xenses being suspended.