Child pushed from third floor of Mall of America, suspect in custody

Child pushed from third floor of Mall of America, suspect in custody

Kerry Wise
April 13, 2019

The child was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital.

This undated photo provided by the Bloomington, Minn., Police Department, shows Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who was arrested in connection with an incident at the Mall of America where a 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday, April 12, 2019, after being pushed or thrown from a balcony.

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.

Witnesses told police the child had been either thrown or pushed and that the suspect had taken off running.

"Our officers initially responded and performed first aid on the child along with some other witnesses and passersby", Potts said.

"She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone pray".

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"Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge'".

A number of Aranda's petty misdemeanors are traffic or parking-related, but some of the charges are for more serious crimes, including his being convicted of a gross misdemeanor in 2015 for disturbing the peace with a police officer, as well as for assault of the fifth degree, with fear of bodily harm.

The chaotic scene played out at about 10:15 the southeast corner of the mall, with the boy plunging from the third level to the first floor by the escalators near the Michael Kors and Clarks stores. Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016.

It wasn't immediately clear if Aranda had an attorney. He said a thorough investigation will be conducted to find out the motive for the incident.

He says police don't think there is any relationship between the man and the child or the child's family. "We're actively trying to figure out why this occurred". Details of his condition weren't immediately available.

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