New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

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Because the family has asked for privacy, authorities are not yet releasing the name of the boy.

Police have said the boy remains in the hospital with serious injuries. "He is still receiving care".

Police described the little boy's injuries as life-threatening and added that witnesses administered first aid. Potts did not offer details about his condition.

Police are still searching for a motive. Aranda is not known to the victim or his family.

The suspect, meanwhile, has a history with the Mall of America, having once been banned from the Minnesota establishment. A stranger, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, has been charged with attempted homicide.

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

Shocked passers-by witnessed the boy's mum screaming for help, begging people to pray for her son.

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".

"I know there's been some reports and some concerns about whether or not he is still alive", Potts said.

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

Chief Potts said the suspect had three run-ins with Bloomington officers back in 2015, but had not had any contact since.

A Gofundme page has been set up by Noah Hanneman, who says he is a friend of the family.

"Landen has a very long road to recovery ahead of him". Police said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, picked the boy at random and threw him over the third story balcony.

Aranda's family says they offer their prayers for the boy and his family and say Aranda has a troubled past and issues with mental health.

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.

"As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation". In a separate 2015 incident, Aranda threw a glass at an employee at a restaurant and was arrested and charged with trespassing, fifth-degree assault, obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct, police said. After repeatedly asking them to buy him food (and them declining) he allegedly threw a glass of water and another glass of tea at one of the women.

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