Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda Identified in Mall of America Incident

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda Identified in Mall of America Incident

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda Identified in Mall of America Incident

A 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday after being pushed or thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America, according to witnesses, and a 24-year-old man with a history of causing disturbances at the mall was in custody.

According to Potts, witnesses told police the person suspected of pushing or throwing the child 'took off running immediately after the incident'.

"At this time the suspect does not appear to be known to the victim or to the victim's family", the news release states.

The boy was taken by ambulance from the mall to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

Any additional information about the incident will come from Bloomington Police Department.

Tina Hailey of Burnsville was walking with her husband and had just rounded the corner on the mall's first floor near Macy's when she heard screams.

Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.

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'The child did suffer significant injuries, ' he said.

"Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge'". Police don't think there is any relationship between the man and the child or the child's family.

Police received an initial report at 10:17 a.m. saying a child had fallen from the third level of the mall, but witnesses reported the child was pushed or thrown by a man, Potts said. Police said they are unaware of a possible motive.

"At this point we believe this is an isolated incident", he said.

Police in Bloomington tweeted that a 5-year-old child suffered injuries and was being treated at a hospital Friday.

Detectives are also also working with the mall to determine if there is any surveillance video. Following that incident, he was convicted of obstructing a legal process by interfering with a police officer.

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