Child injured at Mall of America 'continuing to fight his courageous battle'


Well-wishers have up to now donated over $330,000 (£252k) to the family of the five-year-old boy who was allegedly thrown from a third-floor balcony in the Mall of America by a complete stranger. It was started by friends of the family after Landen's cousin April Hoffmann, posted an Instagram tribute.

As of late Saturday night, the campaign has raised more than $310,000 - surpassing its original goal of $250,000.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said at a midday Saturday news conference that the 24-year-old male suspect has been cooperative with investigators and remains in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.

Landen is being treated Children's Hospital Minneapolis.

Hanneman said his picture has been removed from the page because there have been "multiple people trying to copy this GoFundMe page and the family is still requesting privacy and has elected at this point not to share photos at this time"'.

Landen was grabbed and thrown from the balcony onto the mall's tile flooring on Friday morning; Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, has been charged with attempted homicide. In another case, Aranda assaulted a woman inside Twin City Grill after she refused to buy him food.

Potts says criminal charges will likely be filed against Aranda by mid-day on Monday.

"'Very caring, very family-focused, deeply spiritual, very compassionate, extremely generous of their time, their talent and their resource", he said of the boy's family.

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A 24-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident that happened Friday. Both parents were at his bedside in the hospital, Potts said.

Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.

The Tribune also notes that "Court records show that Aranda has a history of convictions for misdemeanor offense".

A month later, in August 2015, Aranda told authorities he has "anger issues" when he was arrested on a felony property damage charge at the public library.

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

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

Police confirmed that there is video of the incident but said it will not be released until the investigation is complete.