"His condition has very little change at this point, but we are hoping to get some good news back from some upcoming tests in the next few days", wrote Noah Hanneman, a family friend who launched the GoFundMe drive. The mother of the boy told authorities Aranda approached them and, without warning, picked the boy up and threw him over the side of the balcony.
Aranda, who was was banned from the mall in the past, was "looking for someone to kill" on the day he tossed the boy over the balcony, police said, reported CBS News. He was arrested at the mall weeks later for aggressively panhandling and harassing two women and for throwing drinking glasses at diners in a mall restaurant.
In his first court appearance since Friday's incident, when he allegedly dropped the boy almost 40 feet (12 meters), Emmanuel Aranda was charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder, Hennepin County Attorney's office spokesman Chuck Laszewski said.More news: Smith, Warner return for Australia's World Cup tilt
Aranda's court-appointed attorney said Aranda has been in mental health court before, and said once he gets all the state's evidence he'll work to determine the best outcome.
"That a child, with his mother, at a safe public area like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling for everyone, "Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said". A GoFundMe for the family had raised more than $700,000 by Tuesday evening.
Police said Aranda ran away, but was found in the mall's transit station and arrested.More news: National Football League draft: Washington Redskins 3-round mock draft
Tillitt said he is not authorized to discuss specifics about the boy's injuries, and added the family is grateful for the outpouring of support they've received. "Please respect their great need and desire for privacy". When the victim's mother saw Aranda, whom she had never seen before, approaching, she reportedly asked if they should move out of his way.
Aranda told law enforcement he knew his intentions were wrong but was exhausted of being rejected by women he tried to pick up at the mall.
"He had been coming to the mall for several years and had made efforts to talk to women in the mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out".More news: Man killed and woman badly injured after attack by pet deer
Bloomington police were called to MOA Friday morning on a report of a child being thrown from a third-floor balcony. According to the criminal complaint, Aranda told officers that "he has some anger issues", and that, "it does not happen all the time".
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