Chief: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony being treated

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts

Records show that Aranda has a history of assault and bad behavior at the Mall of America, a sprawling complex in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota, that hosts hundreds of retail stores, restaurants, an amusement park and aquarium and draws 40 million visitors a year.

A five-year old boy was rushed to the hospital Friday morning after police said a man threw him from a balcony on the third floor.

A witness Friday at the mall told 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".

It has been reported that Landen Hoffmann from Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed to the marble ground beneath the balcony on Friday (12 April) as his mum screamed: "Oh my God, my baby - someone threw him over the edge".

According to police, the suspect is cooperating and attempted homicide charges against Aranda are expected to be filed on Monday. "But when you add in the element that this was a 5-year-old child - it makes it very, very hard on everybody that was involved", he said. Potts said there is no relationship between the suspect and the child or the child's family, and investigators are working to determine why the man threw the boy.

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Authorities described the injuries as life-threatening but he is in stable condition at Children's Hospital Minneapolis.

'The child did suffer significant injuries, ' he said. A witness tried to stop him, and officers soon after apprehended and arrested the Minneapolis man in the mall's transit station. His mother, Johnson told ABC 5, pleaded with the onlookers: "Everyone please pray". "The family and this child are in our thoughts and prayers, and I know the family appreciates all the thoughts and prayers that they can get from the public.as they hope for a full recovery of their child".

According to Potts, witnesses told police the person suspected of pushing or throwing the child 'took off running immediately after the incident'.

Potts said Bloomington police had not had any contact with the suspect since 2015, until Friday's incident. We know that this is a concerning event for all of us.

Aranda's previous ban from the mall was not in effect at the time of the incident.

The woman refused, and Aranda allegedly threw a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg.

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