An 18-year-old is facing a criminal assault charge after he was accused of pushing an eight-year-old boy off the top of a waterslide because the line was moving too slowly.
Authorities say the boy fell nearly 10 metres to the concrete below and suffered multiple broken bones at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center in Minnesota, US, last Tuesday.
Roman Adams and the boy were waiting in line to ride down the waterslide, a criminal complaint stated. Once they reached the top platform, Adams picked up the boy and pushed him over the railing. He told officers he threw the child because he was frustrated about the line taking too long.
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Police believe the the 18-year-old may be developmentally delayed, but “knew what he did was wrong,” Apple Valley Captain Nick Francis told news station KTSP.
The child reportedly suffered numerous fractures to both his feet, a broken femur in one leg and shattered bones in a shoulder, but is now in a stable condition.
Adams is charged with felony third-degree assault. He has been released from jail ahead of a court appearance on September 17.