The man accused of throwing a five-year-old boy from a balcony at the Mall of America pleaded guilty this morning to premeditated attempted murder. Twenty-four-year-old Emmanuel Aranda of Minneapolis faces 19 years in prison. Aranda says he went to the mall on April 12 “looking for someone to kill” and chose the boy at random. The child plunged almost 40 feet and suffered head trauma and multiple broken bones. In a gofundme post Monday the boy’s family said he continues to heal…they’re asking for continued prayers and privacy. Aranda’s mother told reporters after the plea that her son needs help for mental illness and should not be in prison.


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