UPDATE: Man accused of pushing child off water slide platform found incompetent to stand trial

Roman Adams Photo: Dakota County
Roman Adams

January 10, 2019 03:12 PM

A Dakota County judge has found the man authorities say pushed an 8-year-old boy from a slide platform at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center last summer incompetent to stand trial. 

Roman Adams was charged with third-degree assault in August. 


But court documents state Adams was found incompetent "due to reasons of mental illness." 

RELATED: Charges: Man pushed 8-year-old from slide platform at Apple Valley Aquatic Center

According to a criminal complaint, officers responded to a medical call at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center involving an 8-year-old boy with a broken leg.

Upon arrival, officers observed the child lying on the concrete sidewalk below a waterslide. 

An investigation determined the child had been standing on the platform at the top of the waterslide when a male picked the child up and threw the child over the railing.

The platform is reportedly 28.1 feet from the ground, and the top of the railing is 31.9 feet from the ground. Adams was located and identified as the suspect, the complaint said. 

RELATED: Police: Boy, 8, injured at Apple Valley Aquatic Center after being pushed 31 feet from slide platform 

According to the complaint, an officer questioned Adams about what had happened. Adams reportedly told police he was waiting in line to use the slide and it was taking a long time. He then admitted to throwing the child off the platform due to the line taking too long, the complaint said. 

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