There is no denying this case of severe bullying and random act of violence nearly cost a young boy his life Tuesday afternoon. Police say an 18-year-old boy is in custody after randomly picking up an 8-year-old boy and throwing him 31 feet to the concrete floor below the water slide platform because the line wasn't moving fast enough.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is 18yo Roman Adams, accused of tossing a little boy off the top of a 30-ft water slide platform because the line "wasn't moving fast enough". Police say the two had no interaction prior to the incident. <a href="https://t.co/dsdmhOEE4A">pic.twitter.com/dsdmhOEE4A</a></p>— Ryan Raiche (@ryanraiche) <a href="https://twitter.com/ryanraiche/status/1024830865157832705?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The attacker and the victim did not even know each other and witnesses so say there was no altercation between the two boys. Miraculously, the boy was breathing and conscious when police arrived at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center. Emergency responders initially believed the boy fell but later learned that 18-year-old Roman Adams picked him up and threw him over the railing while waiting in line.
Adams is from Maple Grove and was described by investigators as "mentally delayed". Adams said he has a personal care attendant and did acknowledge that he knew what he did was wrong. The victim suffered broken legs, shoulder, and arms.
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The victim remains hospitalized and is attacker is expected to face a third-degree assault charge but if I were the prosecutor I'd charge him with attempted murder. It is a miracle the boy survived the fall and if he landed on his head he would certainly be dead.
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The charge needs to be murder. Being mentally slow is no excuse for attempting to murder a child. His injuries are horrific. He will have lifetime trauma from this. The assailant must never walk free among us again.
The question is why wasn't the care provider next to him. Only a professional in cognitive development can say if the young man understood what would happen before it happened. Many people with cognitive disabilities can describe what happens after but can't predict or answer why. Given the nature of his disabilities, he may not be criminal but certainly can not be allowed in public settings where he could hurt someone.