The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center as people were waiting their turn to go down a water slide.
One of those in line, 18-year-old Roman Adams, was not happy with how long it was taking to go down the slide.
Reportedly mentally challenged and at the park with an aid, Adams took out his frustration on an 8-year-old boy in front of him.
According to police, Adams picked the boy up and heaved his ass over a railing and to the concrete 30-feet below.
The boy ended up at the hospital in serious condition with numerous fractures to both his feet, a broken femur in one leg and shattered bones in a shoulder.
Adams reportedly knew what he did was wrong and admitted he tossed the boy, who he did not know, because he was angry about the long line.
Adams was arrested and charged with third-degree assault. He was released yesterday and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 17.
“About 70,000 people go through their water park every season, it’s been open for 20 years and we’ve had nothing near this incident take place at all,” said Apple Valley Police Captain Nick Francis.
He went on to say that his mental capacities, or lack thereof, will be taken into account as the case moves through the court — but that’s not the job of police.
“It’s difficult when we have to view someone as a possible suspect that’s got some mental disabilities,” Francis said. “But our job comes down to determining whether or not a crime took place, whether or not someone knew right from wrong.”