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13th Apr 2019

Man throws 5-year-old boy from 3rd floor of shopping centre in Minnesota

Olivia Hayes

It took place in Minnesota in the US.

What a shockingly horrible act. A man has been arrested after randomly throwing a 5-year-old boy off the balcony from the 3rd floor of a shopping centre.

According to a police report, the man in questions is called Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda. The 24-year-old is being held at the Bloomington Police Department and is being charged with one count of attempted homicide.

The 5-year-old is in a serious condition in hospital following the incident which happened at Mall of America in Minnesota yesterday.

According to the Metro, the Mall Of America said in a statement: “This was a senseless act and words cannot truly express our profound shock and sadness.

“Our immediate and only concern is for the wellbeing of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident. We have counseling services available for anyone who may need assistance. We know that this is a concerning event for all of us.

“As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation.”

A Bloomington Police spokesperson added that the child suffered “significant injuries” from the fall and the accused has no relationship whatsoever with the boy or his family.