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Chief: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony being treated

Chief: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony being treated

Police say Landen was tossed from the balcony on Friday by 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the Minneapolis metro area.

In an update posted to an online fundraising page for the family on Sunday afternoon, a family friend reported that the boy - whose first name is Landen - "had a peaceful sleep and is still continuing to fight his courageous battle; he's a strong survivor!"

As of late Saturday night, the campaign has raised more than $310,000 - surpassing its original goal of $250,000.

'Additional information from witnesses indicated the 5-year-old might have been pushed or thrown, ' Bloomington Chief of Police Jeff Potts said. 'The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care'. The family has asked for continued privacy during this time, but we want to keep everybody updated to how Landen is doing.

The boy was thrown from the third-floor balcony at the Mall of America.

Landen was grabbed and thrown from the balcony onto the mall's tile flooring on Friday morning; Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, has been charged with attempted homicide.

Potts said he expects to turn the case over to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office on Monday for a decision on formal charges.

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"This is a horrific situation", Potts said.

Mall of America security tracked Aranda's location using cameras in the mall, allowing Bloomington police to apprehend him in the mall's transit station.

"The child did suffer significant injuries", said the police chief, according to CNN.

"At this time we do not believe there is a relationship between the suspect and the child or the family of the child, and we are actively investigating as to why this incident occurred", Potts said at a briefing just outside the mall. 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.

Court records show that Aranda has a history of convictions for misdemeanor offenses.

In October 2015, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses in Twin Cities Grill in the mall.

Police confirmed that there is video of the incident but said it will not be released until the investigation is complete.