Child injured at Mall of America 'continuing to fight his courageous battle'

16 April, 2019, 05:28 | Author: Trevor Moore
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The 5-year-old child, who was pushed or thrown off the balcony of a Mall of America in Minnesota, continues to fight for his life.

Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said on Sunday the boy is "still alive and receiving care" and that the family wants privacy.

"'She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh, my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.

Twenty-four-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, was arrested at the mall's transit station after the attack and is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge.

CHARGED: US media say Mr Aranda has a previous record of disturbances at same mall.

Bloomington police have said they don't believe the suspect knew the family or the boy. Police Chief Jeff Potts said he couldn't reveal details about the child's condition Saturday afternoon.

"[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".

At least one parent was with the young victim Friday morning when Aranda allegedly threw him from the third-floor balcony.

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Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an 'isolated incident'.

Witnesses told police that the alleged attacker "took off running immediately after the incident".

'We have counseling services available for anyone who may need assistance.

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.

The Tribune also notes that "Court records show that Aranda has a history of convictions for misdemeanor offense".

Police are still investigating what the motive was as well. Police say both the victim and Aranda live in the Twin Cities.

Aranda was arrested previously at MOA for throwing items off another balcony, damaging merchandise inside a store and for throwing a glass of water and a glass of tea inside a restaurant after he harassed her about buying him something and she refused. A case summary said Aranda beat a restaurant employee with a telephone when she threatened to call police about his bill, and pulled a knife on a bystander who intervened. However, the trespassing notice was not in effect at the time of the incident, The AP reported.

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