Amusement Park Faces Charges for Poor Safety Records

Dolton boy, 3, fell to his death from roller coaster at Go Bananas in April

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    A 3-year-old boy died at the Go Bananas family amusement center in Norridge in April.

    The owner and manager of the Go Bananas indoor amusement park in Norridge are both under legal fire for keeping inaccurate safety records.

    The charges follow an the death of 3-year-old Jason Dansby of Dolton, who fell to his death from the small Python Pit roller coaster at Go Bananas in April.

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    Owner Jerrold Marks, 58, of Chicago, and manager James Hayes, 31, of Poplar Grove each face a misdemeanor count for violation of the Carnival Rides and Amusement Safety Act, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

    The Illinois Department of Labor led an investigation that found discrepancies in the park's record keeping on safety. The department filed a complaint with the Norridge Police Department, which led to the charges.

    Marks and Hayes face up to a year in jail upon conviction. They are scheduled to appear in court on August 11.

    A lawsuit against Go Bananas by the Dansby family is pending, according to the Sun-Times.