Man arrested after boy falls from balcony at United States shopping centre

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts

The 5-year-old boy is still being treated for critical injuries sustained in a fall after he was thrown from the third floor of the mall Friday morning.

He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest at the time he allegedly assaulted the boy at the Mall of America.

Bloomington Chief of Police, Jeff Potts, said: "Additional information from witnesses indicated the five-year-old might have been pushed or thrown".

A witness told CNN affiliate WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony.

"'She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone pray".

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".

Police said Aranda tried to get away after the incident but was found later inside of the mall's transit station.

Mr Potts went on to explain how Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has previously been arrested at the Mall of America.

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Police don't believe Aranda knew the boy's family. The child suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

'A monster of a man threw him from a 3rd floor balcony at the mall, he is fighting to stay with us every second'. He could be formally charged as early as Monday.

Potts said he couldn't give an update on the boy's status, except to say that he's being cared for at the hospital and that his parents are with him.

Noah Hanneman, a family friend who set up the GoFundMe page, said that Landen remains in stable condition, "contrary to the rumors and attention seekers out there stating that he has passed".

The suspect is said to have history of other violent incidents at the shopping centre, court records show.

Police confirmed that there is video of the incident but said it will not be released until the investigation is complete. He had also swept his hand across a display table at the beauty store Bare Minerals, breaking lip gloss containers and shot glasses, police said.

Despite the incident, Potts thinks the mall is still a safe place.

Court records obtained by PEOPLE show that Aranda pleaded guilty to the charge of first-degree property damage and was sentenced to serve 28 days in prison, pay restitution and undergo anger management training.

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