GoFundMe for boy injured at Mall of America raises over $400,000

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts

A man at the Mall of American in Minnesota apparently threw a 5-year-old boy over the third floor railing, and so far no one knows why.

A 5-year-old Woodbury boy who was thrown from the third level at the Mall of America was "continuing to fight" Sunday as donations and prayers for his recovery poured in from around the country.

A Gofundme page has been set up by Noah Hanneman, who says he is a friend of the family.

A GoFundMe for the child has raised more than $350,000.

"The child did suffer significant injuries", Police Chief Jeff Potts said, according to CNN.

The name of the victim has not been released, and his family is asking for their privacy to be respected.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been charged with critically injuring the 5-year-old boy at the Mall of America.

He was accused three months later of throwing glasses of ice water and tea at a woman in a restaurant at the mall after she refused to buy him food, the records show.

Potts said prosecutors would finalize charges by Monday at noon.

"(From) our investigative work and witnesses that we've spoken to - we feel confident saying the suspect threw the child off the third floor", Potts said Saturday.

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Court records show he'd been banned from the mall in the past and was convicted on misdemeanor charges in two incidents back in 2015. "Thank you again for all of your support, we are truly gracious to be surrounded by a community that reaches out to help those in need", the family friend said.

Potts commended the Mall of America for quickly locating the suspect.

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

Landen Hoffmann fell nearly 12 metres at the Mall of America near Minneapolis in the USA on Friday and suffered life-threatening injuries.

He reiterated that the family did not know Aranda and said they "are completely clueless as to why this monster would target their family with this heinous act of violence".

Potts said Bloomington police had not had any contact with the suspect since 2015, until Friday's incident.

Aranda has been banished from the mall in past years, though authorities said the trespassing holds had expired by Friday's incident.

Jail records don't list an attorney for Aranda.

In a statement Friday afternoon, the mall's management acknowledged the incident.

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