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GoFundMe for child thrown from Mall of America Balcony

GoFundMe for child thrown from Mall of America Balcony

We just want to acknowledge that this is a horrific situation. "The family and this child are in our thoughts and prayers".

The Mall of America had been open only 17 minutes Friday morning when the screaming started.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda is pictured in this photo released by Bloomington, Minneapolis, Police on April, 12, 2019.

The boy, Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed from the balcony on Friday and police have arrested the man they believe is responsible.

Potts said one witness ran after Aranda as he fled the scene and tried to stop him.

"We feel confident in saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor, but as to why he did that is still something we're looking into and trying to figure out", Potts said.

The 5-year-old child, who was pushed or thrown off the balcony of a Mall of America in Minnesota, continues to fight for his life.

He was arrested and has since been charged with attempted homicide. 'The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care'.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the boy, which can be found here.

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The post, which appears to have been created by a family friend states, "Landen has a very long road to recovery ahead of him".

Hanneman said the boy suffered life-threatening injuries.

"He has many surgeries ahead in his life to try to get back to a normal life for a young, vibrant boy", Hanneman wrote.

Aranda has been banished from the mall in past years, though authorities said the trespassing holds had expired by Friday's incident.

In one case, he pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a peace officer in connection with a July 4, 2015, incident where he was seen throwing objects from the upper level off the mall.

In total, Aranda had contact with the Bloomington Police Department three times in 2015 and has been arrested in other jurisdictions. Police credited a concerned bystander for chasing the suspect, and the Mall security for tracking him to the transportation station where he was apprehended.

Potts said the department will focus on preparing its submission for formal charges at the Hennepin County Attorney's office and anticipates charges will be filed on Monday.

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