Attorney: Boy attacked at Mall of America still in critical condition

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda

Emmanuel Aranda is charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder in Friday's attack.

According to the complaint, Aranda told authorities he "had formed a plan to kill someone at the Mall" the day before, and had come to the mall with the intent of carrying that plan out, but it did not "work out".

Aranda, 24, who lives in Minneapolis, did not enter a plea, Laszewski added. Prosecutors say the boy was waiting with his mother outside the Rainforest Cafe when Aranda allegedly grabbed the child and threw him over the railing. When asked by the judge whether he had any questions, he said, "Not at all".

The family of Landen, the 5-year-old boy who was tossed from a Mall of America balcony, issued an update on GoFundMe as the crowdfunding page raised $675,000 dollars as of April 16.

He was treated in a Minneapolis hospital suffering from head trauma and multiple broken bones.

Aranda is set to be in court again on May 14. He told police he was exhausted of being rejected by women at the mall and this act was out of that anger.

"The family appreciates the outpouring of support from across the country, reassuring them of the overall goodness of humanity and of God's will", attorney Stephen Tillitt told reporters in a prepared statement outside the jail.

Aranda originally said he planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead, the criminal complaint said.

When Aranda tried to flee the scene, a witness attempted to stop him from leaving, but Aranda pushed the person against the wall and continued running, according to prosecutors.

Bloomington police were called to MOA Friday morning on a report of a child being thrown from a third-floor balcony.

The man had already been banned from the Mall of America in his past: He was twice convicted in 2015 for assaults he committed at the shopping center.

"Defendant indicated he had been coming to the Mall for several years and had made efforts to talk to women in the Mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive", the complaint said.

Aranda, who has roots in the Chicago area, has a felony conviction for first-degree property damage as well as a long string of misdemeanor arrests and convictions. It also states there is a warrant for his arrest from IL for assault.

He returned Friday and picked the boy instead, United States media reported.



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