Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony still hospitalized

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda Bloomington Police Department

The GoFundMe campaign had raised almost $400,000 as of Sunday morning. What a monster to grab an innocent child and do such a frightful thing!

"Oh my God, my baby", the five-year-old boy's terrified mum screamed as her son fell. "Thank you again for all of your support, we are truly gracious to be surrounded by a community that reaches out to help those in need", the page creator wrote. Authorities haven't released the boy's name and say his family has requested privacy.

Potts said some of Aranda's past cases were handled through a mental health court, but would not comment further on the man's mental health status at the time of Friday's incident. "He is still receiving care".

Hanneman said the boy suffered life-threatening injuries. Potts did not offer details about his condition.

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., has three levels on the west side. "But, as to why he did that, is still something we're looking into and trying to figure out", he said.

24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been charged with attempted murder after being chased down by police following the disturbing incident. "It was horrific. I hope he survived", witness Tina Hailey told the Star Tribune.

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Police are still investigating what the motive was as well.

"We think this is a very isolated event", Potts said.

In an update on his GoFundMe page, which has already raised more than $459,000, Landen's distraught family reported that the little boy is "fighting to stay with us every second". Hanneman identified the boy as "Landen" and described him as "the sweetest kindest five-year-old you will ever meet".

"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".

Aranda was arrested previously at MOA for throwing items off another balcony, damaging merchandise inside a store and for throwing a glass of water and a glass of tea inside a restaurant after he harassed her about buying him something and she refused. In that same incident, he also got into a physical fight with the manager of the restaurant, sending panicked diners running, according to the court documents.

In one case, he pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a peace officer in connection with a July 4, 2015, incident where he was seen throwing objects from the upper level off the mall.

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