Help for boy thrown at Mall of America surpasses $500K

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The boy, named Landen, was critically injured after being pushed or thrown by a 24-year-old man from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington on Friday, according to police.

In a seemingly random attack, the five-year-old boy had been grabbed and then dropped over the balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota in the U.S. on Friday.

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!"

More than $USD377,000 ($AUD526,000) has been raised on the family's GoFundMe page to the boy who is being described as "the sweetest kindest five-year-old you will ever meet".

"The child is still alive. he's receiving care. i think we're just asking for your thoughts and prayers for that child to recover", said Chief Jeff Potts with Bloomington Police. The child is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones. The family has asked for continued privacy during this time, but we want to keep everybody updated to how Landen is doing.

A witness Friday at the mall told WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony.

The suspect- 24-year old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda tried to run away but was quickly arrested. In another, he allegedly threw a glass at a woman at a mall restaurant.

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Potts said prosecutors would finalize charges by Monday at noon. "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge,"' Brian Johnson told WCCO.

The suspect, meanwhile, has a history with the Mall of America, having once been banned from the Minnesota establishment. He is expected to be charged with attempted homicide.

A 5-year-old was hospitalized after an incident at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., April 12, 2019.

Potts said investigators don't believe Aranda knew the boy's family and do not have a motive. He said the woman cried out, "Everybody pray, everybody pray".

According to the criminal complaint, Aranda had been trying to talk to women at the mall and he was rejected on several incidents and that rejection made him hostile.

Jail records don't list an attorney for Aranda.

Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses.