A 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said Saturday.
Landen was grabbed and thrown from the balcony onto the mall's tile flooring on Friday morning; Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, has been charged with attempted homicide.
"This was a tough one", Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said in a press conference on Saturday afternoon, describing the scene upon his arrival at the mall on Friday as "gutwrenching".
A witness told WCCO that the child's mother was heard screaming after the incident. He said she was screaming, "Everybody pray, everybody pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" a witness, Brian Johnson told WCCO-TV.
Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level, court records show. Police did say that the victim and his family are from the Twin Cities area.
"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.
The average donation to the page, which was created by family friends, was just over $30, but the good wishes were priceless. "Potts said some of those cases were handled through mental health court, but he didn't elaborate".
Hanneman confirmed that the child is still alive and being cared for in the hospital.
'A monster of a man threw him from a 3rd floor balcony at the mall, he is fighting to stay with us every second'.
"We think this is a very isolated incident", he said. A witness tried to stop him, and officers soon after apprehended and arrested the Minneapolis man in the mall's transit station.
He said that cops had given the child first aid along with members of the public.
He was also convicted of fifth-degree assault, trespassing and interfering with a police officer for an incident in October of 2015.
The woman refused, and Aranda allegedly threw a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg. Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016.