Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Child critical after being thrown from third floor balcony

Child critical after being thrown from third floor balcony

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, who was charged with critically injuring a 5-year-old boy at the Mall of America in Minnesota on Friday, has a history of getting into trouble with the law. "Prayers to all of you, and more importantly, Landen!" one person wrote on the page. "Oh, my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.

"At this time we do not believe there is a relationship between the suspect and the child or the family of the child, and we are actively investigating as to why this incident occurred", Potts said at a briefing just outside the mall.

'Additional information from witnesses indicated the 5-year-old might have been pushed or thrown, ' Bloomington Chief of Police Jeff Potts said. We just want to acknowledge that this is a horrific situation. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

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

A 5-year-old boy has to get multiple surgeries after being thrown off a 3rd-floor balcony at the Mall of America.

Chief Potts said the suspect had three run-ins with Bloomington officers back in 2015, but had not had any contact since.

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Police don't believe Aranda knew the boy's family. However, now the boy "has a very long road to recovery ahead of him", the page said. Police say Aranda refused to give his name and resisted arrest.

According to the complaint, Aranda repeatedly asked a woman to buy him "something to eat or at least give him some money", and after being asked to leave by a restaurant employee, he allegedly grabbed full glasses of ice water and tea, throwing them at the woman.

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.

Aranda in that case told authorities he got "angry after he read something on the Facebook" and so smashed five computers, screens and keyboards, court records show, citing a recorded statement.

Aranda has been banished from the mall in past years, though authorities said the trespassing holds had expired by Friday's incident. In this case, he started fighting with the restaurant's manager, causing frightened diners to leave, according to CNN.

The Mall of America is the biggest shopping mall in the United States.

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