Boy thrown from hospitalized balcony of Mall of America

BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota (AP) – Authorities say a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at Mall of America, near Minneapolis, is still hospitalized and seriously injured.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said at a press conference Saturday that the boy had fallen nearly 20 meters after a man threw him off the balcony on Friday. The authorities did not reveal the boy's name and claimed that his family was asking for privacy.

Potts said he could not give an update on the boy's status, but he was alive and receiving care and his parents were with him. Hospital officials did not respond to requests for updates.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, was arrested at the transit station of the mall after the attack and jailed for suspicion of attempted homicide. The court records show that he was indicted in two previous incidents at the mall and that an intrusion was forbidden to him at any given time.

The police do not believe that Aranda knew the boy's family.

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