Published: Mon, April 22, 2019

Child thrown from third-floor balcony at MOA showing signs of recovery

Child thrown from third-floor balcony at MOA showing signs of recovery

A 5-year-old boy who was thrown off the third floor at Mall of America last week is making "small steps towards the healing process", a family friend wrote on a GoFundMe page. "New test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care with a long road ahead".

The victim's mother said she noticed the suspect getting "very close to them" and asked if she and her son should move, the documents said.

The statement also said the family is gaining more reason for optimism day-by-day, and remains focused on helping their child recover.

"Just know that we all feel your overwhelming love, prayers and support", the update reads.

According to a report by Atlanta media, the child plunged nearly 40 feet and is fighting for his life in one of the state's hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones.

The GoFundMe page, which was set up by a family friend, has raised almost $900,000 in seven days for the boy's medical expenses. He told police officers that he'd gone to the mall, the largest in America, looking for someone to kill. "But, with the grace of God, and excellent support and care, is beginning a long, long journey to recovery", said the attorney for the victim's family, Stephen Tillitt. "Thank you so much from all of us and have a blessed Easter weekend".

Instead, Aranda picked up the boy and threw him over the railing, the complaint states.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, was charged with first-degree attempted murder on April 15, 2019, after allegedly throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony on April 12, 2019, at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

The judge set Aranda's bail at $2 million.

Aranda was arrested on a light rail train at the mall, as he waited for it to leave. He said that rejection made him lash out and act aggressively.

The man is said to have been banned from the mall after two past convictions for assaults at the same mall, both in 2015. When asked if he had any questions, Aranda replied, "Not at all".

He was then ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment following the earlier mall assaults.

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