Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony still hospitalized

Sign of Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota, Photo Date: June 3, 2008 / Source: Cliff / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 / (MGN)
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (KARE/AP) -- A 5-year-old boy who was seriously injured when he was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized.

Friends of the family have started a crowdfunding effort to help with medical bills. The GoFundMe campaign had raised nearly $400,000 as of Sunday morning.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said Sunday that the boy is "still alive and receiving care," and that the family wants privacy. Children's Hospital Minneapolis had no information to release.

Authorities haven't released the boy's name. They say he fell nearly 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday.

Twenty-four-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge. Jail records don't list an attorney for him. He could be formally charged as early as Monday.


A 24-year-old man was arrested Friday in an incident in which a 5-year-old child may have been pushed or thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America, police said.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said witnesses told police that the child may have been pushed or thrown from the mall's third level to the first floor on Friday. Officers gave first aid but the 5-year-old child suffered "significant injuries" and had been taken to a hospital, Potts said.

Potts said the suspect took off running right after the incident but was quickly found and arrested at the mall.

He said police don't think there is any relationship between the man and the child or the child's family. He says police don't have an idea about possible motive.

"At this point we believe this is an isolated incident," Potts said. "We're actively trying to figure out why this occurred."

The 24-year-old is being held at the Bloomington Police Department in relation to the incident.

Witnesses told police that the 24-year-old suspect took off running immediately after pushing the child.

Tim Burke from Allina Health confirms to KARE 11 that one victim has been transported to Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis from Mall of America.

The child's family is at the hospital but no details were immediately available about the child's condition.

Metro Transit briefly cancelled services into and out of Mall of America due to police activity.

The 4.2-million-square-foot Mall of America is in Bloomington, about 10 miles south of Minneapolis.