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Child is thrown from the balcony of the Mall of America, showing "real signs of recovery"



A five-year-old boy, told by authorities that he was thrown from a balcony on the third floor of the Mall of America, shows "real signs of recovery," a lawyer for a boy's family said Friday to CBS Minnesota. The police said the suspect, Emmanuel Aranda, told them he went to the mall to find "someone to kill" and randomly picked the boy.

"We have good news to share with you on this Good Friday, our child prodigy is showing real signs of recovery and the new test results have been positive, even though he stays in intensive care and has a long way to go", attorney Stephen Tillitt said Friday on behalf of the boy's family.

The surveillance video in the mall shows Aranda looking across the balcony a few times on the third floor of the mall before approaching the victim and his mother, reports CBS Minnesota. The boy's mother told the authorities that Aranda was approaching them, picking up the boy without warning, and throwing him across the balcony.

The child fell nearly 40 feet deep, suffered a massive head trauma and fractured arms and legs, according to CBS Minnesota.

  Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda on a police photo in Bloomington
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda

Bloomington Police Department


Tillitt said the family continues to ask the family for privacy as she focuses on her son and recovery, but updates are shared with the community.

"Knowing that we absolutely feel your overwhelming love, prayers and support for them seems to work. Thank you very much," said Tillitt on behalf of the family.

A GoFundMe campaign for the family has raised more than $ 900,000 in six days and is approaching nearly $ 1 million.

Aranda appeared Tuesday behind a glass partition wall in a courtroom at Hennepin County Prison. Asked by the judge if he had any questions, he said, "Not at all."

Aranda remains in jail for a $ 2 million bond.

According to a lawsuit, after being arrested, Aranda told investigators that he was angry that he had been rejected by women he was trying to talk to at the mall, and "the refusal led him to strike out and be aggressive."

Aranda received two charges of assault in the mall last year, both in 2015, including one in which he threw a glass of water and a glass of tea at a woman who refused to buy him anything. Aranda was banished from the mall at any given time.

In August 2015, Aranda was also charged with destroying computers in a library in northern Minneapolis, reports the station. According to the lawsuit, Aranda told the police officer he had "some anger issues," and "it does not happen all the time."

Aranda was born in Chicago, where the Cook County court documents in 2014 showed a capture of a woman who worked in a Golden Nugget restaurant.


Editor's Note: This headline has been updated to better describe the incident. A man is accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy off a balcony in the Mall of America.


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