Boy May Have Been Thrown From Mall of America Balcony

First responders give aid to a child who witnesses say was thrown from a third floor balcony in the Mall of America

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.

The Bloomington Police Chief did not reveal the suspects name but said he was a 24-year-old man who is now in police custody.

He's now at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said, and authorities don't believe there is any further threat to the public.

Police have confirmed a suspect has been arrested after the child, 5, was chucked from the balcony at the shopping centre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"Our officers initially responded and performed first aid on the child along with some other witnesses and passersby", Potts said.

Detectives are also also working with the mall to determine if there is any surveillance video.

"She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone pray, '" shopper Brian Johnson told CBS.

He had been banned from Mall of America in the past, and was convicted of misdemeanors in two separate incidents there in 2015.

Per CNN, Potts said, "The child did suffer significant injuries".

Witnesses told police that the child may have been pushed or thrown from the mall's third level to the first floor, Potts said.

"Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge'".

The man, identified by police as Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, was accused in July 2015 of throwing things off the upper level of the mall to the lower level.

"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.

He says police don't think there is any relationship between the man and the child or the child's family. He says police don't have an idea about possible motive.

Shortly after the incident, police arrested a 24-year-old man inside the mall, one of the state's leading tourist attractions, after he had fled the scene, Potts said.

The Star Tribune reports that the child was being treated at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.



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