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Charges: Teen threw boy 31 feet from water slide because line was too long

The 8-year-old boy suffered numerous broken bones.

Charging documents filed against the 18 year old accused of shoving a child from the top of a water slide platform reveal what led to the assault at the Apple Valley water park on Tuesday. 

According to the criminal complaint, 18-year-old Roman Alexander Adams of Maple Grove picked up an 8-year-old boy and threw him over a railing on a platform leading to a water slide at the Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center. 

The boy fell approximately 31.9 feet to the concrete sidewalk below and suffered serious injuries, including numerous fractures to both feet, a broken femur and shattered bones in his shoulder. The child was admitted to a local hospital and listed in stable condition. 

Apple Valley police officers located Adams at the park and questioned him, at which point Adams said he threw the boy over the railing because he was waiting in line to go down the slide and it was taking a long time. 

A previous release from Apple Valley police noted that Adams and the victim did not know each other and had no previous interaction prior to the incident. 

Adams has been charged with third-degree assault – a felony – and faces up to five years in prison and/or a $3,000 to $10,000 fine. 

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