More than $436K raised for boy thrown from Mall of America balcony

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2019

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".

The GoFundMe page said that Landen remains in stable condition, "contrary to the rumors and attention seekers out there stating that he has passed".

On Friday morning, Landen was thrown was grabbed and thrown almost 400 feet from the balcony onto the mall's tile flooring.

A man at the Mall of American in Minnesota apparently threw a 5-year-old boy over the third floor railing, and so far no one knows why. A stranger, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, has been charged with attempted homicide.

It happened at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota shortly after 10am local time on Friday. Aranda was banned from the Mall of America through early July 2016, the court records show.

Hanneman said his wife and Landen's mother are longtime friends.

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

Emergency crews had rushed to help the child.

"The child did suffer significant injuries", he continued.

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The boy was taken to Children's Hospital Minneapolis with serious injuries.

At the news conference Saturday, Potts said his police department had an additional encounter with Aranda, in which he refused to pay his bill at a restaurant.

"This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness".

'Our immediate and only concern is for the wellbeing of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.

"We have counselling services available for anyone who may need assistance".

"'Very caring, very family-focused, deeply spiritual, very compassionate, extremely generous of their time, their talent and their resource", he said of the boy's family. "Bloomington Police is investigating the incident", it said.

Court documents also show that the mall assault suspect was convicted of property damage for smashing five computers at Sumner Library in Minneapolis in August of 2015, causing about $5,000 in damage.

According to court documents obtained by CNN affiliate WCCO, Aranda has been arrested on three separate occasions in 2015, one of which resulted in him being banned from the Mall of America for a year.

In 2015, Aranda ignored an order to stay away from the mall and was arrested after panhandling and harassing two female diners, a criminal complaint said.

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