"That's a pretty high fall", Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said at a news conference Saturday in Minnesota, describing the scene and his reaction to it. Potts did not offer details about his condition. Potts added that while both the victim and suspect are locals, there is no evidence that the suspect knew the victim ahead of the crime.
Onlookers said a woman began shouting after the child was attacked.
"(Through) our investigative work and witnesses that we've spoken to, we feel confident saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor.
According to Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts, the boy suffered critical injuries after a man threw him from the third floor and then ran away.
"'She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge,"' Brian Johnson told WCCO. We just want to acknowledge that this is a horrific situation.
"Earlier today, Mall of America security was notified of an incident involving a child falling from one of the upper floors".
"'Very caring, very family-focused, deeply spiritual, very compassionate, extremely generous of their time, their talent and their resource", he said of the boy's family. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.
5-year-old allegedly thrown off balcony at Mall of America being treated: Police
A 5-year-old Woodbury boy who was thrown from the third level at the Mall of America was "continuing to fight" Sunday as donations and prayers for his recovery poured in from around the country. The family doen't know the suspect and are "completely clueless" as to why the suspect targeted the little boy, according to the GoFundMe page.
A 24-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident that happened 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.
Court records show he was charged in two previous incidents at the mall and at one point had a trespass notice banning him from the mall. Police say Aranda refused to give his name and resisted arrest.
Then in October 2015, Aranda returned to the Mall of America again - in violation of his no-trespass order - and harassed and assaulted a woman inside a restaurant there, records show.
Police were called to the Mall of America in Bloomington this morning after the man, who is not thought to be of any relation, allegedly threw Landen from the balcony.
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