The suspect accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy over the third-floor balcony at the Mall of America has been charged with attempted first degree murder. According to the criminal complaint, the victim was standing outside of the Rainforest Café when 24-year-old Emmanuel Aranda threw the boy over the balcony and fled the scene, but was arrested while waiting for the light rail. Aranda told police that he had planned to kill someone at the Mall the day before, but said, “it didn’t work out.” He said that he lashed out after being rejected by women at the Mall. The victim was thrown nearly 40 feet and suffered several fractured bones including his arms and legs, bleeding from the head, and massive trauma. The boy remains in critical condition. Over $550,000 has been raised on the victim’s Go Fund Me page.


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