Child hurt, suspect arrested in Mall of America incident

A suspect has been arrested after a 5-year-old boy was reportedly thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Friday morning. Police do not think there is any relationship between the man and the child or the child's family (picture taken from the third floor after the man was arrested). The child, who suffered "life-threatening injuries", was taken to a local hospital. The family is now with the child, police said.

Calls to Bloomington police and to officials at the Mall of America have not yet been returned.

A woman who works at a nearby store and who did not want to be identified said she heard loud screams, went outside the store and saw the boy hit the ground.

A source at the scene tells WCCO that the person who threw, or possibly pushed, the child fled the mall and was apprehended near the light rail station.

The police department is working with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office crime lab to investigate the incident, and they are also working with the mall to determine if any surveillance video exists of the incident.

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. Potts said he didn't know whether the victim's family is from Minnesota or visiting from elsewhere.

"Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge'". Officers gave first aid but the 5-year-old child suffered "significant injuries" and had been taken to a hospital, Potts said.

"We don't believe that there is a threat to the public at this point as the suspect has been located", he said, adding that the incident appeared to be isolated.

The chaotic scene played out about 10:15 a.m.in the southeast corner of the mall.

  • Joey Payne