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Attorney: Boy attacked at Mall of America still in critical condition

17 April 2019

Aranda is now jailed on suspicion of attempted premeditated first-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

The man who has admitted to harming the boy is 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who said he had been looking for someone to kill. Prosecutors will be seeking bail of $2 million.

KSTP's Brett Hoffland said the court appearance lasted about five minutes.

Aranda came up to them and when the mother asked if he wanted them to move, he grabbed the boy and chucked him over the railings. Asked by the judge whether he had any questions, he said, "Not at all".

"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. The child plunged nearly 40 feet and is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones. He returns to court in May 14. Stephen Tillitt, an attorney appearing for the victim's family, said the child remains in critical condition at a Minneapolis hospital. Court documents claim Aranda said he originally planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead.

When Aranda tried to flee the scene, a witness attempted to stop him from leaving, but Aranda pushed the person against the wall and continued running, according to prosecutors.

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.

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Bloomington police were called to MOA Friday morning on a report of a child being thrown from a third-floor balcony.

Police caught Aranda on a light rail train at the mall waiting for it to leave.

He allegedly claimed he had made efforts to "talk to women in the Mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive". It also states there is a warrant for his arrest from IL for assault.

The boy's mother told authorities that Aranda walked up to her group as they stood outside of a restaurant located on the third floor of the shopping center.

Police said Aranda ran away, but was found in the mall's transit station and arrested.

He also has a history of mental illness.

Attorney: Boy attacked at Mall of America still in critical condition