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

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Wellwishers have donated more than $300,000 to the family of a five-year-old boy who suffered life-threatening injuries when he was thrown off a third-floor balcony in the Mall of America by a stranger.

Bloomington Police did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment. A 24-year-old man is in custody facing an attempted murder charge. Potts credited bystanders and mall security for his quick capture.

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

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". "(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.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said in a news conference Saturday that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday.

Court records obtained by PEOPLE show that Aranda pleaded guilty to the charge of first-degree property damage and was sentenced to serve 28 days in prison, pay restitution and undergo anger management training.

The suspect has a history of misdemeanor convictions, including some cases handled through a mental health court. However, now the boy "has a very long road to recovery ahead of him", the page said.

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Jail records don't list an attorney for Aranda.

According to police, the suspect is cooperating and attempted homicide charges against Aranda are expected to be filed on Monday.

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

Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses. Police did say that the victim and his family are from the Twin Cities area.

In a separate incident three months later, Aranda reportedly threw ice water and tea at a woman in a mall restaurant when she declined to buy him food, CNN reported.

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.

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