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CrimeHelp for boy thrown at Mall of America surpasses $550K

21:45  15 april  2019
21:45  15 april  2019 Source:   startribune.com

5-year-old boy thrown off Mall of America balcony showing 'real signs of recovery'

5-year-old boy thrown off Mall of America balcony showing 'real signs of recovery' "New test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care with a long road ahead," the family's GoFundMe page said.

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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 boy, named Landen, was apparently tossed over the railing Friday morning by a man he had never met.

Mall of America: A man in custody after he allegedly threw a child from balcony

Mall of America: A man in custody after he allegedly threw a child from balcony A 5-year-old child suffered significant injuries when, according to witnesses, a man either threw or pushed the child from the third floor of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, police said Friday, require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Bloomington police Chief Jeff Potts told reporters that police were called to the mall at 10:17 a.m. local time, and initial information suggested a child had fallen from the third level of the mall's interior to the first level.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, who has a history of mental health problems, is being held in the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of attempted murder. Charges are expected by noon Monday, authorities said.

The crime has garnered national attention. By Sunday evening, 15,000-plus people had donated more than $550,000 to the boy’s family via a GoFundMe page.

The page’s founder, Noah Hanneman, described Landen as the “sweetest, kindest” boy, who enjoys soccer and playing with his friends and siblings. He was visiting the mall with his mother and another child, the page said.

The post also said the boy, who is being treated at Children’s Hospital Minneapolis, will need multiple surgeries “to try to get back to a normal life for a young, vibrant boy.” Bloomington police said Saturday he was in stable condition.

5-Year-Old Boy Who Was Thrown Off Mall of America Balcony Is 'Continuing to Fight' for His Life

5-Year-Old Boy Who Was Thrown Off Mall of America Balcony Is 'Continuing to Fight' for His Life Boy Thrown Off Mall of America Balcony 'Continuing to Fight' for His Life

Landen’s parents have not spoken publicly about the incident and are requesting privacy. Hanneman, a family friend, posted the update Sunday afternoon:

“We are all completely overwhelmed with the love and support that has come our way during this tragic time ... we want to keep everybody updated to how Landen is doing. He had a peaceful sleep and is still continuing to fight his courageous battle, he’s a strong survivor! No other significant updates at this time, but please continue to keep him in your prayers.”

Bloomington police have said they don’t believe Aranda knew the family or the boy.

Aranda has a long string of arrests and convictions for misdemeanor criminal offenses in recent years and had been ordered twice to stay away from the Mall of America, court records show.

At the time of Friday’s attack, he had an active warrant for his arrest stemming from a 2017 assault case in Hennepin County.

Boy injured in Mall of America fall is 'showing real signs of recovery'

Boy injured in Mall of America fall is 'showing real signs of recovery' According to authorities, suspect Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda flung the boy over a railing after choosing him at random.

In 2015, Aranda ignored an order to stay away from the mall and was arrested after panhandling and harassing two female diners, a criminal complaint said.

He was convicted of fifth-degree assault, trespassing and interfering with a police officer. He was sentenced to 30 days in the Hennepin County workhouse and ordered to get a mental health evaluation. He was also ordered a second time to stay away from the mall, though both orders have likely expired.

In September 2015, he admitted he was breaking an order to stay away from a Minneapolis library, where he had been arrested for smashing five computers and stalking a female employee. His case was assigned to Criminal Mental Health Court. He was discharged from custody six months later and placed on probation.

Aranda also has a felony conviction for first-degree damage to property.

The Mall of America employs more than 150 security staffers who complete about three months of training, according to its website.

Reporter Mara Klecker contributed to this report.

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‘Very Little Change’ in Condition of Injured Boy, 5, Thrown From Third-Floor Mall Balcony.
‘Very Little Change’ in Condition of Boy Thrown From Mall Balcony 2/4 SLIDES © Bloomington Police Department Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda | Bloomington Police Department 3/4 SLIDES © Alamy Alamy 4/4 SLIDES © Raymond Boyd/Getty Images Raymond Boyd/Getty Images 4/4 SLIDES The 5-year-old boy in critical condition after being thrown over a third-floor railing at Minnesota’s Mall of America has shown “very little change” since the Friday incident left him with massive head trauma and multiple broken bones in his arms and legs, a family friend reports.

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