New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

Published: Apr. 13, 2019 at 7:10 PM EDT
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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.

A five-year old boy was rushed to the hospital Friday morning after police said a man threw him from a balcony on the third floor.

Police said the child, who fell almost 40 feet, has significant injuries.

"The child is still alive. he's receiving care. i think we're just asking for your thoughts and prayers for that child to recover," said Chief Jeff Potts with Bloomington Police.

Authorities believe there's no relationship between the suspect and the child or his family.

Witnesses said the boy's mother was screaming for help.

"I heard the mother screaming pray for my kid. please pray for my son. everyone please pray," said Brian Johnson, witness.

The suspect-- 24-year old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda tried to run away but was quickly arrested.

Court records show he'd been banned from the mall in the past and was convicted on misdemeanor charges in two incidents back in 2015.

In one incident, he threw ice water and tea at a woman who refused to buy him food at a mall restaurant.

"We feel confident in saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor, but as to why he did that is still something we're looking into and trying to figure out," Potts said.

According to police, the suspect is cooperating and attempted homicide charges against Aranda are expected to be filed on Monday.