New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

15 April, 2019, 04:41 | Author: Myra Gill
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Wellwishers have donated more than $300,000 to the family of a five-year-old boy who suffered life-threatening injuries when he was thrown off a third-floor balcony in the Mall of America by a stranger.

Aranda, who lives in the Bloomington area, has a police record, including several arrests and convictions stemming from incidents at the Mall of America.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said in a news conference Saturday that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday.

"We feel confident saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor", Potts told CNN. He said she was screaming, "Everybody pray, everybody pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge,"' Brian Johnson told WCCO.

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

When asked about the child's condition, police said he "is still alive".

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


In an update posted to an online fundraising page for the family on Sunday afternoon, a family friend reported that the boy - whose first name is Landen - "had a peaceful sleep and is still continuing to fight his courageous battle; he's a strong survivor!" 'The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care'.

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.

Potts said the Mall of America will often give a no-trespass order to offenders, with a time limit appropriate to the crime.

"We think this is a very isolated event", Potts said.

"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 went on to explain how Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has previously been arrested at the Mall of America. 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. In another case, Aranda assaulted a woman inside Twin City Grill after she refused to buy him food.

For these past charges, Aranda was banned from the mall through July 2016.

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