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

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The 5-year-old who was thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota continues to be treated for life-threatening injuries as details emerge about the attack, police said. Hospital officials haven't responded to requests for a status update.

(Bloomington Police Department) Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda is pictured in this photo released by Bloomington, Minneapolis, Police on April, 12, 2019. Potts credited bystanders and mall security for his quick capture.

"We think this is a very isolated event", Potts said. "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" a witness, Brian Johnson told WCCO-TV. He faces a potential charge of attempted murder.

Potts said investigators don't believe Aranda knew the boy's family and do not have a motive. A criminal complaint from July of 2015 states he was taken into custody after he was seen throwing items from the upper level of the mall to the lower level.

Aranda has been involved in incidents before at the Mall of America, one resulting in an arrest, Potts said.

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Aranda in that case told authorities he got "angry after he read something on the Facebook" and so smashed five computers, screens and keyboards, court records show, citing a recorded statement. He was visiting the mall with his mother and another child, the page said. Potts said some of those cases were handled through mental health court, but he didn't elaborate.

"Landen has a very long road to recovery ahead of him", the GoFundMe page said. Charges are expected by noon Monday, authorities said.

An employee from the Bare Minerals store went on to tell police that Aranda had "walked into the store, and without saying anything, swept his hand across a display table, knocking off and breaking two containers of lip gloss valued at $18.00 each and three shot glasses valued at $2.00 each", the outlet reported. Police say both the victim and Aranda live in the Twin Cities.

Aranda asked the woman to buy him something while they sat outside the restaurant, waiting for it to open. Jail records don't list an attorney for him.

Witnesses told law enforcement that they saw Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Bloomington, Minn., shove or hurl the young child from the third interior level on the Bloomington Mall side to its first on Friday morning. According to the mall's website, it is visited by 40 million people from around the world each year.

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