My daughter is 4.5 years old... There was blood; the boy was not moving.
Mr Potts continued: "At this time we do not believe that there is a relationship between the child or the family of the child".
Police described the little boy's injuries as life-threatening and added that witnesses administered first aid.
The child and suspect did not know each other and investigators are "actively trying to figure out why this occurred", Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts told reporters, according to the Pioneer Press. "Immediately, my thoughts were: how can something like this happen?"
Authorities haven't released the boy's name. Potts did not offer details about his condition. "The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care". He said the suspect was located at the transit station just outside of the Mall of America. He is facing an attempted murder charge. I just can't imagine someone doing that to her!
Police are on the scene of an incident at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
The suspect, a 24-year-old man, was later caught and is now in custody.
Court records show that Aranda has a history of convictions for misdemeanor offenses. He had also swept his hand across a display table at the beauty store Bare Minerals, breaking lip gloss containers and shot glasses, police said.
Aranda was banned from the mall for one year.
WTVR reports that in August of 2015, "witnesses saw Aranda smashing computers on the floor in the Minneapolis library, causing approximately $5,000 in damage, according to a 2015 complaint".
Mr Potts went on to explain how Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has previously been arrested at the Mall of America. When management intervened, Aranda grew enraged.
At the news conference Saturday, Potts said his police department had an additional encounter with Aranda, in which he refused to pay his bill at a restaurant.
The boy, Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed from the balcony on Friday and police have arrested the man they believe is responsible. They say he fell almost 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday.
Chief Potts said the suspect had three run-ins with Bloomington officers back in 2015, but had not had any contact since. Please pray for my son. "Everyone here right now, please pray".