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

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

Aranda had come "very close to them", so the mom "asked if they were in the way and should move", the complaint said. A GoFundMe account had raised more than $700,000 by Tuesday evening.

"That a child, with his mother, at a safe public area like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling for everyone, "Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said".

"The family appreciates the outpouring of support from across the country, reassuring them of the goodness in humanity, the overall goodness of humanity and God's will", said Stephen Tillitt, attorney for the boy's family.

He was located on a light rail train at the mall, waiting for it to depart, according to the complaint.

"During my most recent visit with Landen, holding his hand revealed a calm and warm aura in his room, one that likely is contributed from all of the vast outpouring of prayer and support from everyone across the globe", a family member, Noah Hanneman, wrote on the page in the latest update.

Aranda allegedly told police he had first considered choosing to kill an adult at the mall on Thursday "because they usually stand near the balcony", but that did not "work out", according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutors say Aranda was "looking for someone to kill" at the mall after being rebuffed by women he'd approached there.

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

The child's mom told authorities at the scene the family was outside of the Rainforest Cafe when Aranda approached them and picked up the child without warning.

Aranda told law enforcement he knew his intentions were wrong but was exhausted of being rejected by women he tried to pick up at the mall.

"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". Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after those assaults. He was convicted of two misdemeanors stemming from incidents there in 2015.

Police say he also threw water in a woman's face at the Mall of America and has a warrant for his arrest from IL for assault.

Police have also encountered Aranda at a Minneapolis library.

"He said he has some anger issues and told the officer that it does not happen all the time", the complaint states.

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