$400,000 Raised for Boy Thrown From Balcony at MOA

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts

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.

In the story on the page, it reads in part, "He was enjoying a day at the Mall of America with his mom and friend on Friday morning when a stranger maliciously grabbed him and threw him over the 3rd-floor balcony for no apparent reason".

Police received an initial report at 10:17am saying a child had fallen from the third level of the mall, but witnesses reported the child was pushed or thrown by a man, Potts said.

One eye witness told local media that "he heard a woman scream that her child had been thrown from the balcony".

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

The suspect, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, initially fled on foot, authorities said. He is being held at Hennepin County Jail pending charges for attempted homicide.

As to a motive, police say they don't believe the man knew the child or family, Potts said.

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"At this time, we do not believe that there is a relationship between the child or the family of the child", the Police Chief said on Friday. The child suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital. "His soul is soft and gentle and instantly brings a smile to everybody he meets", the family friend described Landen on the GoFundMe page.

On Friday morning, Landen was thrown was grabbed and thrown almost 400 feet from the balcony onto the mall's tile flooring.

On Saturday, Potts declined to give specifics about Aranda's mental health but said some of the previous cases had been handled in mental health courts.

Hanneman confirmed that the child is still alive and being cared for in the hospital. He said the suspect was located at the transit station just outside of the Mall of America.

"We think this is a very isolated event", Potts said. Our immediate and only concern is for the wellbeing of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.

Court records show he'd been banned from the mall in the past and was convicted on misdemeanor charges in two incidents back in 2015. He tossed a glass of water in the woman's face, then threw a glass of tea at her leg, shattering the cup. However, the trespassing notice was not in effect at the time of the incident, The AP reported.

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