Donations pour in for boy thrown from Mall of America balcony

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2019

"I heard the mother screaming pray for my kid. please pray for my son. everyone please pray", said Brian Johnson, witness. "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 family friend said.

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. It was started by friends of the family after Landen's cousin April Hoffmann, posted an Instagram tribute.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, was charged with attempted homicide.

The boy was taken to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis with serious injuries.

When asked about the child's condition, police said he "is still alive". "We have removed his picture as there have been multiple people trying to copy this GoFundMe page and the family is still requesting privacy and has elected at this point not to share photos at this time".

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

"The child did suffer significant injuries", Police Chief Potts said during the press conference.

Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.

Potts said the Mall of America will often give a no-trespass order to offenders, with a time limit appropriate to the crime.

Neither the boy nor the family appeared to know Aranda, according to the police statement.

"We think this is a very isolated incident", he 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. We know that this is a concerning event for all of us.

Police are still investigating what the motive was as well.

Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses.

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

Onlookers said a woman began shouting after the child was attacked.

In a separate incident three months later, Aranda reportedly threw ice water and tea at a woman in a mall restaurant when she declined to buy him food, CNN reported.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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