Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony still hospitalized

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A 5-year-old boy injured Friday when he reportedly was thrown from a third-floor railing at Mall of America remained hospitalized Saturday, as authorities continue to investigate what the Bloomington police chief called a "horrific situation".

"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", according to the post on GoFundMe.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said during a news conference that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man who apparently didn't know the boy or his family threw him off the balcony Friday.

Witnesses told police the child had been either thrown or pushed and that the suspect had taken off running.

"She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone 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".

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, was arrested at the mall's transit station after the attack and is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge. In a separate 2015 incident, Aranda threw a glass at an employee at a restaurant and was arrested and charged with trespassing, fifth-degree assault, obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct, police said.

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A 24-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident that happened Friday.

The child sustained life-threatening injuries in the incident and was treated by witnesses and emergency services at the scene before being rushed to hospital in a critical condition. His mother, Johnson told ABC 5, pleaded with the onlookers: "Everyone please pray".

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

Aranda was banned from the mall for one year.

"Police officers have to deal with so much, so many kinds of things, but I can tell you that this is the kind of incident that they don't see very often", 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.

The Mall of America, home to 330 stores, is located in the city of Bloomington, just south of Minneapolis.

Court records show the suspect was charged following two previous run-ins with police and security officers at the megamall.

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