Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

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

In July 2015, Aranda was charged with causing damage inside stores after he threw items off the upper level of the mall to the lower level, according to court records obtained by WCCO (pdf). "We think the mall is still a very safe place to go". "We started this GoFundMe for their family to help cover the vast medical costs and rehabilitation costs for the long ahead".

It has been reported that Landen Hoffmann from Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed to the marble ground beneath the balcony on Friday (12 April) as his mum screamed: "Oh my God, my baby - someone threw him over the edge".

According to Potts, witnesses told police the person suspected of pushing or throwing the child 'took off running immediately after the incident'.

"But when you add in the element that this was a 5-year-old child - it makes it very, very hard on everybody that was involved", he said.

Hanneman said his picture has been removed from the page because 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"'.

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

The suspect, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, initially fled on foot, authorities said.

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Potts said Bloomington police had not had any contact with the suspect since 2015, until Friday's incident.

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

"Our immediate and only concern is for the well-being of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident".

Mr Potts continued: "At this time we do not believe that there is a relationship between the child or the family of the child".

'We have counseling services available for anyone who may need assistance.

Court records show that Aranda has a history of convictions for misdemeanor offenses.

He was also convicted of fifth-degree assault, trespassing and interfering with a police officer for an incident in October of 2015. "Bloomington Police is investigating the incident", it said.

He was accused three months later of throwing glasses of ice water and tea at a woman in a restaurant at the mall after she refused to buy him food, the records show. He was banned again from the mall until December 2017.

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