Complaint: Man went to Mall of America intending to kill

Man charged with throwing boy off balcony at Mall of America

Man charged with throwing boy off balcony at Mall of America

The boy, who has not been publicly identified, remains in critical condition, his family said in a statement through the Bloomington Police Department. The mother of the boy told authorities Aranda approached them and, without warning, picked the boy up and threw him over the side of the balcony. Court documents claim Aranda said he originally planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead. The child plunged nearly 40 feet and is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones. He gave his name and address when prompted by Judge Jeannice Reding and answered "not at all" when the judge asked if he had any questions.

Prosecutors say Aranda told police officers that he had gone to the mall the prior day "looking for someone to kill", but it did not "work out".

"During my most recent visit with Landen, holding his hand revealed a calm and warm aura in his room, one that likely is contributed from all of the huge outpouring of prayer and support from everyone across the globe", Noah Hanneman wrote Monday night on a GoFundMe page collecting donations to help with the family's expenses.

He returned Friday and picked the boy instead, USA media reported.

Regarding the 5-year-old's injuries, "It makes me sick really makes me sick, my prayers go out to the family for that poor little boy", she said.

The complaint states that Aranda then took off running, pushing an individual who had attempted to stop him from leaving the scene against a wall.

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He was located on a light rail train at the mall, waiting for it to depart, according to the complaint. And, the complaint alleges he acknowledged throwing the child from the balcony and fleeing.

The complaint notes Aranda has "previously been trespassed from the Mall" for throwing water in a woman's face, and for destroying property. The Star-Tribune reported that Aranda was previously convicted of first-degree property damage and was also arrested on charges of assault and theft in IL.

Surveillance video at the mall shows 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.

Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after the earlier mall assaults.

Aranda's uncle, who said his nephew has a history of mental problems, told WCCO he and his family are praying for Landen's family and called the incident "gut-wrenching".

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