Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony hospitalized

Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony hospitalized

Well-wishers have up to now donated over $330,000 (£252k) to the family of the five-year-old boy who was allegedly thrown from a third-floor balcony in the Mall of America by a complete stranger.

Officers were called shortly after 10 a.m. Friday to the mall's southeast court on reports that a child had fallen from the third floor to the first floor.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said during a news conference that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man who apparently didn't know the boy or his family threw him off the balcony Friday.

"I heard the mother screaming pray for my kid. please pray for my son. everyone please pray", said Brian Johnson, witness. He said she was screaming, "Everybody pray, everybody pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge".

Landen was grabbed and thrown from the balcony onto the mall's tile flooring on Friday morning; Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, has been charged with attempted homicide.

Aranda was charged with attempted homicide and is now being held at the Bloomington Police Department.

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"We feel confident saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor", Potts told CNN.

The child sustained life-threatening injuries in the incident and was treated by witnesses and emergency services at the scene before being rushed to hospital in a critical condition. "We started this GoFundMe for their family to help cover the enormous medical costs and rehabilitation costs for the long ahead".

"Every prayer for your family and your sweet little boy!" another couple posted a minute earlier.

'The child did suffer significant injuries, ' he said. "He is still receiving care". He said the suspect was located at the transit station just outside of the Mall of America.

"This is a horrific situation", Potts said.

Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses.

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According to court records, the suspect has been previously barred from the Mall of America.

"Police officers have to deal with so much, so many kinds of things, but I can tell you that this is the kind of incident that they don't see very often", Potts said.

The suspect has a history of misdemeanor convictions, including some cases handled through a mental health court. The charges state he threw a drinking glass at a customer at Twin City Grill in the Mall of America.

The complaint says Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something.

Aranda was under a trespass notice at the time banning him from the mall until July 4, 2016.

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