Apple Valley Aquatic Center

Apple Valley Aquatic Center

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a criminal charge has been dropped against a 20-year-old Maple Grove man accused of throwing a young boy off a waterslide, noting it's unlikely the man will ever be found competent to stand trial.

Dakota County Attorney Kathryn Keena filed the motion last month to dismiss the charge of third-degree assault against Roman Alexander Adams, who has been diagnosed with what his attorney describes as "severe autism."

Adams was arrested in July of 2018 after witnesses said he picked up the 8-year-old victim and threw him off the top of a water slide at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center as they waited in line. The boy suffered a badly broken leg and other injuries in the 30-foot fall onto concrete. He did not suffer head or internal damage, KARE-TV reported.

In January of 2019 Adams was ruled incompetent to stand trial in the case. Keena said in court filings that a recent competency exam found it is "exceedingly unlikely" he will ever face trial due to his "pervasive, lifelong mental disorder."

Apple Valley Police Capt. Nick Francis called it a "sad story all around."

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