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Chief: Boy Thrown from Mall of America Balcony Being Treated

Chief: Boy Thrown from Mall of America Balcony Being Treated

Witnesses said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, either pushed or threw the 5-year-old boy on Friday morning from the third level of the Bloomington mall's interior to the first-level floor almost 40 feet below, police said.

Landen's family launched a GoFundMe page to cover what is said to be "immense" medical and rehabilitation costs, and on Sunday a family friend shared an update about the little boy's recovery.

A GoFundMe for the child has raised more than $350,000.

"The child is still alive, he is still receiving care and I think we are just asking for thoughts and prayers for that child to recover", Potts said.

The boy was taken to Children's Hospital Minneapolis with serious injuries.

Witnesses say they heard a woman scream that someone had thrown her son over the railing, which police estimate to be about a 40-foot fall.

He is being held in the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of attempted murder.

Three months later, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses of water and tea at a woman in a restaurant at the mall for refusing to buy him food, according to the court records.

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Authorities described the boy's injuries as life-threatening and said witnesses gave him first aid.

"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.

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. Both parents were at his bedside in the hospital, Potts said.

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. However, the trespassing notice was not in effect at the time of the incident, The AP reported.

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.

'This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness, ' the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday.

Police confirmed that there is video of the incident but said it will not be released until the investigation is complete.