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Child critical after being thrown from third floor balcony

14 April 2019

He had been thrown from three stories above - by a stranger, police say.

Friends of the family began a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for Landen, who is described as "the sweetest, kindest 5-year-old you will ever meet". The boy was rushed to a local hospital with "significant injuries" from the 40-foot fall, authorities said, and was still being treated 24 hours later.

Police Chief Jeff Potts said, according to witnesses, a man tossed the child off the third floor of the Mall's interior and "took off running immediately after the incident".

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

The suspect- 24-year old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda tried to run away but was quickly arrested.

'This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness, ' the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday.

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Potts said prosecutors would finalize charges by Monday at noon. I just can't imagine someone doing that to her! "I just, you wonder. how could anybody do that?"

"Earlier today, Mall of America security was notified of an incident involving a child falling from one of the upper floors".

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". 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.

An employee from the Bare Minerals store went on to tell police that Aranda had "walked into the store, and without saying anything, swept his hand across a display table, knocking off and breaking two containers of lip gloss valued at $18.00 each and three shot glasses valued at $2.00 each", the outlet reported. He was banned again from the mall until December 2017. He was also charged with destroying five computers inside of a north Minneapolis library that same year.

In the 2015 complaint, police note that Aranda told officers he got "angry after he read something on the Facebook".

Aranda asked the woman to buy him something while they sat outside the restaurant, waiting for it to open.

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Jail records don't list an attorney for Aranda.

He was arrested on six misdemeanor charges.

At this point, police do not believe there is a relationship between the family of the child and the suspect, Potts said. The child was with at least one of their parents at the time of the incident.

"It's jaw dropping", said witness Brian Johnson.

In the meantime, please send up a prayer for the little boy.

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