Man, 19, incompetent to face trial for allegedly pushing boy off water park slide

A Dakota County judge has found a 19-year-old man incompetent to stand trial on charges he pushed an 8-year-old boy off a slide at an Apple Valley water park last summer.

Aug. 1, 2018 courtesy photo of Roman Alexander Adams. Adams, 18, of Maple Grove, was arrested Aug. 1, 2018 for pushing an 8-year-old boy off a waterslide at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center on Tuesday, July 31. 2018. The boy, who fell 31 feet to the ground, was hospitalized in stable condition with multiple broken bones. (Courtesy of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office)

Judge Timothy McManus decided Tuesday the case against Roman Adams of Maple Grove cannot proceed because of “mental illness.”

Adams faces two assault charges for allegedly pushing the boy, who fell 31 feet to the ground at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center in July. The boy suffered a broken leg and shattered bones in his shoulder.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson told KARE-TV that his client has severe autism.

According to the complaint, Adams told police he threw the boy over the railing because the line was taking too long.

The case is on hold unless Adams is ruled competent.


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