A father jailed on suspicion of murder for allegedly tossing his 1-year-old daughter to her death from a cliff after stabbing the child’s mother is a registered sex offender and in violation of the terms of his parole, City News Service learned Friday.
Adam Slater, 49, of Palm Desert was arrested Thursday night stemming from a sequence of events on Wednesday that included two separate stabbing attacks and culminating in a rollover car crash on Highway 74 near the community of Pinyon Crest, where Slater allegedly threw his daughter over “a steep cliff into a ravine,” according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez.
Jail records show Slater was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon at the Indio jail, where he remains on $1 million bail. He could be charged as soon as Monday.
Slater was convicted in 1995 of sexually penetrating a victim with a foreign object by force, according to California’s Megan’s Law website. He served about two years in state prison before his release in 1997. The website did not provide specifics about Slater’s parole violation or additional details about his crime.
According to the sheriff’s department, Wednesday’s events began about 14 miles from the crash site in the 41000 block of Washington Street, outside the Southwest Community Church in Indian Wells, where deputies responded to a stabbing call about 8:30 a.m. that officials described as a “domestic violence incident.”
Deputies located an injured woman who was taken to a hospital with non-critical injuries, authorities said.
KESQ reports Slater and the woman — who was six months pregnant at the time of the attack — were married, and the 1-year-old daughter was theirs together. The woman has since been released from the hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds, the outlet reports.
Following the alleged attack, authorities say Slater sped away in a vehicle with the child.
Deputies learned soon afterward that a rollover crash reported about 9 a.m. on Highway 74 about six miles south of Palm Desert could be connected to the original call.
According to sheriff’s officials, passing motorists attempted to help Slater and his daughter escape the wreckage, but Slater allegedly stabbed one man attempting to help rescue his daughter.
“The suspect then took the girl from the arms of the male he stabbed. Multiple witnesses saw the suspect take the child and throw her over a steep cliff into a ravine,” the sheriff’s department said.
The child, whose name was not released, died from her injuries at the scene, officials said.
Authorities say Slater then ran down into a canyon, where deputies later detained him after a short foot chase and was transported to a local hospitals for treatment for injuries connected to the crash. Slater was released the next day and arrested shortly afterward.
It was unclear if the man he stabbed required medical treatment.
Officials did not disclose a motive in the crime, nor was the cause of the crash immediately known, if any other vehicles were involved or if drugs and/or alcohol were a factor.