Boy Thrown from Mall of America Balcony Still Hospitalized; GoFundMe Efforts Trending

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Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda 24 was charged with attempted homicide

In the story on the page, it reads in part, "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".

In the press conference about the incident, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said Landen is "receiving care".

WCCO-TV in Minnesota reported a witness heard the boy's mother shouting "Everybody pray, everybody pray".

"She was screaming, 'Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" witness Brian Johnson said to WCCO when describing the scene.

Twenty-four-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge.

Potts said investigators don't believe Aranda knew the boy's family and do not have a motive.

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The children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, although both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said. By late Saturday, the storms were expected to organize into a line as they cross the western border of Mississippi.

Authorities believe there's no relationship between the suspect and the child or his family. The child suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital. It was started by friends of the family after Landen's cousin April Hoffmann, posted an Instagram tribute. "Potts said some of those cases were handled through mental health court, but he didn't elaborate". Police credited a concerned bystander for chasing the suspect, and the Mall security for tracking him to the transportation station where he was apprehended.

At least one parent was with the young victim Friday morning when Aranda allegedly threw him from the third-floor balcony. One of them in July [2015], that also occurred at the Mall of America, he was seen throwing an object off one of the floors - the third level.

"We think this is a very isolated incident", he said.

He said that cops had given the child first aid along with members of the public.

'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.

Then in October 2015, Aranda returned to the Mall of America again - in violation of his no-trespass order - and harassed and assaulted a woman inside a restaurant there, records show. He tossed a glass of water in the woman's face, then threw a glass of tea at her leg, shattering the cup. Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016.

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