A 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said Saturday. A suspect was soon found inside the mall's transit station and was taken into custody.
Aranda was arrested following the 10 a.m. incident that left the victim with life-threatening injuries.
"At this time, we do not believe that there is a relationship between the child or the family of the child", Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an "isolated incident". He also refused to give his name to police and resisted arrest.
The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, has been charged with attempted murder.
Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.
Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said during a news conference that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man who apparently didn't know the boy or his family threw him off the balcony Friday. "The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care".
No details were immediately available about the child's condition.
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A witness told CNN affiliate WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony.
Police said that the incident appears to be isolated.
Police in Minnesota say they're investigating an incident at the Mall of America in which a child was reportedly thrown from a third-floor balcony.
During a press conference Saturday, Chief Potts said a witness tried to stop the suspect from running away.
According to Minnesota court records, Aranda has been convicted of interfering with a police officer, trespassing and fifth-degree assault - all misdemeanors - and felony first-degree damage to property. Tina Hailey told the publication she was rounding the corner when she heard a woman screaming, "Oh my god, pray for my son".
"Of course, our immediate concern is for the child", Potts said, adding the mother is with the child. Potts said he didn't know whether the victim's family is from Minnesota or visiting from elsewhere.