GoFundMe for child thrown from Mall of America Balcony

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A five-year old boy is still recovering in the hospital after police said a man threw him from the third floor of the mall of america in Bloomington, Minnesota, critically injuring him.

Friends of the family began a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for Landen, who is described as "the sweetest, kindest 5-year-old you will ever meet". By Sunday evening, about 15,000 people had donated more than $508,000 to the boy's family via a GoFundMe page.

"The child did suffer significant injuries", Police Chief Potts said during the press conference.

A witness Friday at the mall told WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been charged with critically injuring the 5-year-old boy at the Mall of America. In another, he allegedly threw a glass at a woman at a mall restaurant.

A five-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being thrown off a third-floor shopping centre balcony by a stranger.


The Police Chief added that, "at this time, our investigation has not revealed anything to lead us to believe that race is a factor in this case".

The name of the victim has not been released, and his family is asking for their privacy to be respected. Both parents were at his bedside in the hospital, Potts said.

After fleeing the chaotic scene at the mall, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, who has a history of mental health problems, was taken into custody at the mall's transit station.

Aranda was banned from the Mall of America through early July 2016, the court records show.

As to a motive, police say they don't believe the man knew the child or family, Potts said.

The Mall of America has issued a statement, saying: "This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness".

'She was screaming "Everyone pray, everyone pray". He was charged in two previous incidents at the mall in 2015.

Aranda was born in Chicago, where Cook County court documents showed a 2014 arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at a Golden Nugget restaurant in the city.

"Someone threw him over the edge".

Court records obtained by PEOPLE show that Aranda pled guilty to fifth-degree assault and interfering with an officer of the peace.

Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses.