Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Boy, 5, thrown from shopping mall in Minneapolis - man arrested

Boy, 5, thrown from shopping mall in Minneapolis - man arrested

Two days after a 5-year-old boy sustained life-threatening injuries when he as flung him off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota, a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $436,000.

Mall of America security tracked Aranda's location using cameras in the mall, allowing Bloomington police to apprehend him in the mall's transit station.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said Sunday that the boy is "still alive and receiving care", and that the family wants privacy.

"I heard the mother screaming pray for my kid. please pray for my son. everyone please pray", said Brian Johnson, witness.

"She was screaming, 'Everyone pray, everyone pray".

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, was charged with attempted homicide. She said she asked him if they were in his way and should move, and he picked up the child without warning and threw him off the balcony, according to the complaint. Police do not believe there was any connection between the family and Aranda. The child plunged nearly 40 feet and is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones.

Potts said the department will focus on preparing its submission for formal charges at the Hennepin County Attorney's office and anticipates charges will be filed on Monday.

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He was convicted of fifth-degree assault and was banned from the Mall of America for a year following that incident.

Aranda has been banished from the mall in past years, though authorities said the trespassing holds had expired by Friday's incident. A GoFundMe page set up for the child, named Landen, had attracted almost $600,000 in donations as of Monday.

"As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation".

The GoFundMe page said that Landen remains in stable condition, "contrary to the rumors and attention seekers out there stating that he has passed". "But as to why he did that, is still something we're looking into and trying to figure out".

"Our immediate and only concern is for the well-being of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident". We have counseling services available for anyone who may need assistance.

He was accused three months later of throwing glasses of ice water and tea at a woman in a restaurant at the mall after she refused to buy him food, the records show.

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