Child critical after being thrown from third floor balcony

Nellie Chapman
April 14, 2019

Witnesses said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, either pushed or threw the 5-year-old boy on Friday morning from the third level of the Bloomington mall's interior to the first-level floor almost 40 feet below, police said.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said in a news conference Saturday that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday.

A witness, Brian Johnson, told WCCO-TV on Friday that he heard a woman scream that her child had been thrown from the balcony.

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

The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the area, was charged with attempted homicide, police said in a statement. In a separate 2015 incident, Aranda threw a glass at an employee at a restaurant and was arrested and charged with trespassing, fifth-degree assault, obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct, police said.

Police said the child, who fell nearly 40 feet, has significant injuries. Potts said there is no relationship between the suspect and the child or the child's family, and investigators are working to determine why the man threw the boy.

Police described the little boy's injuries as life-threatening and added that witnesses administered first aid.

'Please pray for my cousins attractive son Landen, ' she wrote.

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A Gofundme page has been set up by Noah Hanneman, who says he is a friend of the family. "The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care".

According to court records, the suspect has been previously barred from the Mall of America.

Potts called the situation "horrific" and said the department was keeping the boy and his family in their "thoughts and prayers".

Aranda assaulted a woman inside Twin City Grill after she refused to buy him food.

Potts said Bloomington police had not had any contact with the suspect since 2015, until Friday's incident.

An employee from the Bare Minerals store went on to tell police that Aranda had "walked into the store, and without saying anything, swept his hand across a display table, knocking off and breaking two containers of lip gloss valued at $18.00 each and three shot glasses valued at $2.00 each", the outlet reported.

In that incident, he got into a physical scuffle with the manager of the restaurant, sending panicked diners fleeing, according to court records that also note Aranda at that point had been banned from Mall of America property through early July 2016. As part of his probation for the assault in the restaurant, he was barred from visiting the Mall of America until December 29, 2017.

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