Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony hospitalized

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda thegrio

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda thegrio

A witness told CNN affiliate WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony.

On Saturday, Potts declined to give specifics about Aranda's mental health but said some of the previous cases had been handled in mental health courts.

The name of the victim has not been released, and his family is asking for their privacy to be respected.

Well-wishers have now donated over $360,000 to the family of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota by a total stranger.

Landen's cousin, April Hoffmann, posted a tribute to the boy on her Instagram page on Saturday.

Police have accused Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, with attempted homicide and he is being held at the Bloomington Police Department in Minneapolis, US.

Hanneman confirmed that the child is still alive and being cared for in the hospital.

Police said the 24-year-old man is not known to the child, or the child's family.

"The family is looking forward to continued privacy during this hard time and we are definitely welcoming all thoughts and prayers at this point", a spokesperson for the child's family tells PEOPLE. He said she was screaming, 'Everybody pray, everybody pray.

Court records show that Aranda has a history of convictions for misdemeanor offenses.

'This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness, ' the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday. They say he fell almost 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday.

He asked the public to keep the boy's family and first responders in their thoughts and prayers.

'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. As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation'. Police say both the victim and Aranda live in the Twin Cities. He had also swept his hand across a display table at the beauty store Bare Minerals, breaking lip gloss containers and shot glasses, police said. The child and Aranda were strangers, they said.

In one incident, he threw ice water and tea at a woman who refused to buy him food at a mall restaurant.