Child injured at Mall of America 'continuing to fight his courageous battle'

Child injured at Mall of America 'continuing to fight his courageous battle'

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.

Bloomington Police report that a 5-year-old boy remains in critical condition after a 24-year-old man threw the child from a 40-foot balcony resulting in gruesome injuries on Saturday.

A fundraising page was set up to help the family with their hospital costs which has now racked up over $330,000 and is rising by the minute. By Sunday evening, about 15,000 people had donated more than $508,000 to the boy's family via a GoFundMe page.

"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. Authorities haven't released the boy's name and say his family has requested privacy.

"He was enjoying a day at the Mall of America with his mom and friend on Friday morning when a stranger maliciously grabbed him and threw him over the 3rd floor balcony for no apparent reason".

The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the area, was charged with attempted homicide, police said in a statement.

Potts said prosecutors would finalize charges by Monday at noon.

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"(From) our investigative work and witnesses that we've spoken to - we feel confident saying the suspect threw the child off the third floor", Potts said Saturday.

The child's mother asked everyone to pray, witnesses said, and security guards, patrons and police began performing CPR.

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

According to court documents obtained by CNN affiliate WCCO, Aranda has been arrested on three separate occasions in 2015, one of which resulted in him being banned from the Mall of America for a year. Both parents were at his bedside in the hospital, Potts said. A witness tried to stop him, and officers soon after apprehended and arrested the Minneapolis man in the mall's transit station.

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

In October 2015, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses in Twin Cities Grill in the mall.

Potts said Bloomington police had not had any contact with the suspect since 2015, until Friday's incident.

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