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

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts

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

"This is a horrific situation", Potts said.

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.

Landen's cousin, April Hoffmann, posted a tribute to the boy on her Instagram page on Saturday.

The man accused of the heinous act - identified as Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, - was later found hiding inside the mall's transit station. "The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care".

The child was rushed to a hospital after officers and passers-by provided aid at the scene, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said.

Hanneman said his picture has been removed from the page because there have been "multiple people trying to copy this GoFundMe page and the family is still requesting privacy and has elected at this point not to share photos at this time"'. He said she was screaming, 'Everybody pray, everybody pray.

Aranda was banned from the mall for a year after he was seen throwing items from the third floor to the first floor in July 2015, Fox 9 Minneapolis reported.

'This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness, ' the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday.

Neither the boy nor the family appeared to know Aranda, according to the police statement.

'A monster of a man threw him from a 3rd floor balcony at the mall, he is fighting to stay with us every second'.

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.

Then in October 2015, Aranda returned to the Mall of America again - in violation of his no-trespass order - and harassed and assaulted a woman inside a restaurant there, records show. Police say Aranda refused to give his name and resisted arrest. He had also swept his hand across a display table at the beauty store Bare Minerals, breaking lip gloss containers and shot glasses, police said.

In a separate incident three months later, Aranda reportedly threw ice water and tea at a woman in a mall restaurant when she declined to buy him food, CNN reported.

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