Dad throws 1-year-old daughter off ‘steep cliff’ into ravine, killing baby whose ‘smile was contagious’

Madalyn Payton Slater
Madalyn Payton Slater(GoFundMe)

A California dad allegedly tossed his 1-year-old daughter off a “steep cliff” to her death after he stabbed the child’s mom and a bystander who tried to help, relatives and police said.
Palm Desert resident Adam Slater, 49, allegedly pulled the child from the arms of an unidentified Good Samaritan who rushed to their aid after Slater crashed and rolled his vehicle on Highway 74 in the Coachella Valley around 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Slater stabbed the man and then threw the little girl into the ravine about a half hour after he stabbed the little girl’s pregnant mother and left her for dead in a parking lot in Indian Wells, relatives and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.
Devastated mom Ashley Grome, 23, identified her toddler daughter as the victim as she asked for help covering funeral expenses amid the unspeakable tragedy.

“I am the mother of Madalyn Payton Slater, the one-year-old baby girl who was killed on May 6, 2020 by her father when he drove off of Highway 74 after beating and stabbing me, then leaving me to die in the Southwest Community Church parking lot,” Grome wrote.
“My daughter was the absolute love of my life and she meant everything and more to me. Everything I did and everything I will do for the rest of my life is for her,” she said in the heartrending tribute.
“She was beautiful and her smile was contagious, even after a bad day, she always cheered me up. She was taken from this world way too soon,” she wrote.
Slater was due to be arrested for homicide once released from the hospital that was treating his injuries from the auto collision, the sheriff’s department said Thursday.
“Right now, it’s painful,” Grome’s uncle Chris Grome told KESQ. “Everybody’s hurting pretty bad.”
“He was being combative,” he said of Slater. “He attacked her and tried to stab her several times in the stomach and the throat. She fought him off and tried to protect herself.”
He said Slater previously threatened Grome and the baby.

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