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Child who plunged from mall of america balcony showing "real signs of recovery"



A 5-year-old boy who hasten thrown from a third-floor balcony at Mall of America is showing "real signs of recovery," a lawyer for boy's family told CBS Minnesota on Friday , Police said the suspect, Emmanuel Aranda, told them he went to the mall "looking for someone to kill" and chose the boy at random.

"We have good news to share with you on this good Friday." Attorney Stephen Tillitt said Friday on behalf of the boy's family.

Aranda walking in the mall on the third floor, looking over the balcony several times, before approaching the victim and his mother, CBS Minnesota reports. Aranda approached them, without warning, and took him to the side of the balcony.

The child plunged nearly 40 feet, suffering massive head trauma and broken arms and legs, according to CBS Minnesota.

 Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda police photo in Bloomington
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, charged with attempted homicide of a 5-year-old boy sitting in a dark blue sky at Minnesota's Mall of America, is seen in this photo released by police in Bloomington, Minnesota, US, on April 12, 2019.

Courtesy of the Bloomington Police Department / Handout via Reuters

                      

Tillitt said Friday they are looking forward to their recovery, but they want to share with the community.

"Just know that we absolutely love your overwhelming love, prayers and support, for them Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts, "Tillitt said on behalf of the family.

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

Aranda appeared in a courtroom at the Hennepin County jail Tuesday. Aranda remains in jail on $ 2 million bond.

Aranda remains in jail on $ 2 million bond.

According to a criminal complaint, Aranda told investigators after his arrest he was angry with his wife, he said, "and the rejection has become lash out and be aggressive."

Aranda has two past convictions for assaults at the mall, both in 2015, including one in which he threw a glass of water and glass of tea at a woman who refused to buy him something. Aranda was charged in August of 2015 with destroying computers in a Minneapolis library, the station reports.

Aranda was born in Chicago, where Cook County court documents showed a 2014 arrest for Assaulting a woman who worked at a Golden Nugget restaurant.


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