Man charged with throwing child from balcony at Mall of America

A concourse area at the Mall of America in Bloomington Minn. is seen

Tina Hailey told the publication she was rounding the corner when she heard a woman screaming, "Oh my god, pray for my son".

A 24-year-old Minneapolis man is being held on suspicion of attempted homicide in an apparent attack in which a 5-year-old boy was pushed or thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America. Details of his condition weren't immediately available.

The 24-year-old is in police custody and being questioned, reports local TV station KTSP.

"At this point we believe this is an isolated incident", he said.

The boy fell to the first floor alongside escalators by the Michael Kors and Clarks stores.

A suspect was arrested at the mall.

Police do not believe there was any connection between Aranda and the five-year-old boy, nor between Aranda and the boy's mother. The family is now with the child, police said. "Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with that child and his family in hopes that that child is able to recover".

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"The child did suffer significant injuries", he said.

The child fell to the first floor, where several witnesses and passersby tried to perform CPR on him, Potts said.

Police don't have an idea about possible motive, Potts said.

Investigators are working with mall officials to determine if there was video, Potts said. Police detained the man suspected of deliberately causing the child to fall, and he remains in police custody.

Police in Bloomington tweeted that a 5-year-old child suffered injuries and was being treated at a hospital Friday.

"At this time we do not believe there is a relationship between the suspect and the child or the family of the child, and we are actively investigating as to why this incident occurred", Potts said at a briefing just outside the mall. Following that incident, he was convicted of obstructing a legal process by interfering with a police officer.

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