(Meredith) – An 18-year-old Minnesota man was arrested after he allegedly pushed an 8-year-old boy off a water slide, causing him to fall 31 feet to the ground.
Police said Roman Adams and the boy were waiting in line to ride down the water slide at an aquatic center in Apple Valley on Tuesday.
Once they reached the top of the water slide platform, the man picked up the boy and pushed him over the railing, WCCO reported.
The 8-year-old was conscious and breathing when officers arrived. He suffered multiple broken bones but is in stable condition at the hospital.
Apple Valley Police Capt. Nick Francis told KMSP-TV Adams may be developmentally delayed. He also said the man and boy did not know each other.
“There was no argument, no pushing, no shoving, no words exchanged, just this individual walking up and throwing this poor kid off the top,” said Capt. Francis.
Adams is facing a third-degree assault charge, but his mental abilities could impact how the county attorney moves forward with the case, according to WCCO.
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