New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

What a monster to grab an innocent child and do such a awful thing! I just can't imagine someone doing that to her!

"Every prayer for your family and your sweet little boy!" another couple posted a minute earlier.

"His soul is soft and gentle and instantly brings a smile to everybody he meets", the family friend described Landen on the GoFundMe page. "The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care". He suffered life threatening injuries, many people who fall from that distance aren't as lucky to make it.

Police Chief Jeff Potts said he couldn't reveal details about the child's condition Saturday afternoon. "But, as to why he did that, is still something we're looking into and trying to figure out", he said.

Police have accused Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, with attempted homicide and he is being held at the Bloomington Police Department in Minneapolis, US.

A witness Friday at the mall told WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony.

"'She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh, my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.

According to court records, the suspect has been previously barred from the Mall of America.

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Potts said Bloomington police had not had any contact with the suspect since 2015, until Friday's incident. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

In July 2015, Aranda was taken into custody after police responded to a call about a man "throwing things off of the upper level of the mall to the lower level", the outlet reported, citing a 2015 complaint which said Aranda initially resisted arrest and refused to give his name to police.

"The family doesn't know him and are completely clueless as to why this monster would target their family with his heinous act of violence".

The 5-year-old plummeted three floors after being pushed or thrown from a balcony, according to witnesses.

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

Court records show he'd been banned from the mall in the past and was convicted on misdemeanor charges in two incidents back in 2015.

The Sun reports that Landen Hoffmann was left in a pool of blood after plunging to the marble ground floor in front of petrified witnesses at Minnesota's Mall of America.

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