Help for boy thrown at Mall of America surpasses $500K

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts

A 5-year-old child who was thrown off a 3rd floor balcony at the Mall of America faces multiple surgeries.

Bloomington police arrested Aranda in the mall's transit station.

At a press conference earlier Friday, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said police responded to the southeast court at the mall around 10:17 a.m.

"I heard the mother screaming pray for my kid. please pray for my son. everyone please pray", said Brian Johnson, witness. He said she was screaming, "Everybody pray, everybody pray". He is facing an attempted murder charge.

The boy, Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed from the balcony on Friday and police have arrested the man they believe is responsible. The boy was rushed to a local hospital with "significant injuries" from the 40-foot fall, authorities said, and was still being treated 24 hours later.

Noah Hanneman, a family friend who set up the GoFundMe page, said that Landen remains in stable condition, "contrary to the rumors and attention seekers out there stating that he has passed".

According to court documents obtained by CNN affiliate WCCO, Aranda has been arrested on three separate occasions in 2015, one of which resulted in him being banned from the Mall of America for a year.

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Potts called the situation "horrific" and said the department was keeping the boy and his family in their "thoughts and prayers".

Police do not think there is a relationship between Aranda and the child, but the Minneapolis resident has a history with the police, including a July 2015 incident where he threw an object from one of the floors at the same mall. Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016.

Potts said prosecutors would finalize charges by Monday at noon.

Jail records don't list an attorney for Aranda.

Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses. As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation'.

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

Then in October 2015, Aranda returned to the Mall of America again - in violation of his no-trespass order - and harassed and assaulted a woman inside a restaurant there, records show.

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