Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony still hospitalized

Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony still hospitalized

A man at the Mall of American in Minnesota apparently threw a 5-year-old boy over the third floor railing, and so far no one knows why.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been charged with attacking a 5-year-old boy at the Mall of America Friday.

A witness told CNN affiliate WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony. He said she was screaming, "Everybody pray, everybody pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" witness Brian Johnson said to WCCO when describing the scene.

Police have accused Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, with attempted homicide and he is being held at the Bloomington Police Department in Minneapolis, US.

Police said Aranda tried to get away after the incident but was found later inside of the mall's transit station.

Police said the child, who fell nearly 40 feet, has significant injuries.

Hanneman said his picture has been removed from the page because there have been "multiple people trying to copy this GoFundMe page and the family is still requesting privacy and has elected at this point not to share photos at this time"'.

Emergency services rushed to the child who was lying in a pool of blood.

Noah Hanneman, a family friend who set up the GoFundMe page, said that Landen remains in stable condition, "contrary to the rumors and attention seekers out there stating that he has passed".

"A monster of a man threw him from a 3rd floor balcony at the mall", the boy's cousin, April, posted on Instagram, the Daily Mail reported. 'The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care'.

He asked the public to keep the boy's family and first responders in their thoughts and prayers.

'This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness, ' the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday.

"We think this is a very isolated incident", he said.

Aranda, who lives in the Bloomington area, has been banned from the Mall of America before and was convicted of misdemeanors for two incidents in the mall in 2015, according to court records. He tossed a glass of water in the woman's face, then threw a glass of tea at her leg, shattering the cup. Aranda was banned from the Mall of America through early July 2016, the court records show.

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