Man charged with throwing child from balcony at Mall of America

5-year-old child thrown from third floor at Mall of America suspect captured

Bloomington, Police say a suspect is in custody after initial investigation indicates a 5-year-old child was pushed or thrown from the third floor at Mall of America Friday morning.

Police say the suspect apparently does not know the victim or the victim's family.

A number of Aranda's petty misdemeanors are traffic or parking-related, but some of the charges are for more serious crimes, including his being convicted of a gross misdemeanor in 2015 for disturbing the peace with a police officer, as well as for assault of the fifth degree, with fear of bodily harm.

Allina Health officials said an ambulance took the child to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

Potts said there is no relationship between the suspect and the child or the child's family. "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.

Per The Star Tribune, Aranda was arrested in the mall transit station after he fled the scene.

The suspect, a 24-year-old man, was arrested on charges of attempted homicide at the mall's transit station and is now in police custody, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

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The child fell to the first floor, where several witnesses and passersby tried to perform CPR on him, Potts said.

Witnesses told officers a man had either pushed or thrown the child from the third floor balcony, then took off running, Chief Jeff Potts said at a news conference.

The Star Tribune reports that the child was being treated at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

Potts said that Aranda was not known to the child or to his family and that investigators are "actively trying to figure out why this occurred".

The chaotic scene played out about 10:15 a.m.in the southeast corner of the mall.

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

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