Aranda told police he went to the mall on Thursday intending to kill an adult stranger, but it did not "work out", the criminal complaint filed yesterday states.
The judge kept bail for Aranda at $2 million. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon, April 16, 2019.
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.
"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 enormous 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 was treated in a Minneapolis hospital suffering from head trauma and multiple broken bones. He returns to court in May 14.
Stephen Tillitt, an attorney representing the victim's family, told reporters the child remains in critical condition, and said the family is thankful for the support it has received. He chose the boy instead, and admitted throwing him from the building's third tier, the complaint said.
Aranda was charged in July 2015 with causing damage inside stores after he threw items off the upper level of the mall to the lower level, court records obtained by CNN affiliate WCCO show.
Aranda is charged with attempted homicide.
He was located on a light rail train at the mall, waiting for it to depart, according to the complaint. He was arrested at the mall weeks later for aggressively panhandling and harassing two women and for throwing drinking glasses at diners in a mall restaurant. He also has had arrests in IL, including on charges of assault and theft.
According to the complaint, surveillance footage from the mall allegedly shows Aranda walking on the third floor and looking over the balcony several times before approaching the child and his mother. He told police he was exhausted of being rejected by women at the mall and this act was out of that anger.
Emmanuel Aranda, 24, said little during the hearing in a courtroom at the Hennepin County jail. He urged the Legislature and those who are calling for aggressive retribution to focus on mental health issues.