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Boy thrown from water slide faces 'long road to recovery'

The 8-year-old has been identified as Sawyer Warner.

The boy injured when he was thrown more than 30 feet to the ground from a water slide by a waiting teenager has been identified for the first time.

A GoFundMe page set up by a Shari Haroldson of Hudson, Wisconsin, identifies the 8-year-old as Sawyer Warner.

He was waiting in line for a slide at the Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center when an 18-year-old man, Roman Alexander Adams, allegedly picked him up and threw him over the platform because he was frustrated at waiting in line.

Authorities said he suffered many broken bones, including a broken femur, and the GoFundMe page states that he is facing a "long road to recovery, with multiple surgeries and therapy and the unknown."

"We are grateful that he is alive today," it adds.

The site will help Warner's family raise the money they need to cover what it says will be "significant medical costs, so they can concentrate on Sawyer's physical and mental health."

In just one day, the site has raised $12,750 as of 8 a.m, Saturday.

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The city of Apple Valley issued a public statement on Thursday after the incident, saying it is "deeply concerned" about what happened.

"In 20 years of operation, with an average of around 70,000 patrons per year, the facility has not experienced any prior incident of this nature," it says.

It adds that it is looking to make possible safety improvements as a result of what happened, but adds that is proud of how its staff responded.

The Pioneer Press reports that Adams, who police says has a developmental disability but "knew what he did was wrong," had bitten a lifeguard at the pool less than three weeks before Tuesday's incident.

He has been charged with third degree assault.

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