Two days after a 5-year-old boy sustained life-threatening injuries when he as flung him off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $436,000.

The fundraising page was posted on Saturday for Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury Minn. On a little more than one day, $436,245 of a $500,000 goal was donated by 12816 people through Sunday afternoon.

On Friday morning, Landen was thrown was grabbed and thrown nearly 400 feet from the balcony onto the mall’s tile flooring. A stranger, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, has been charged with attempted homicide.

Aranda’s previous ban from the mall was not in effect at the time of the incident. Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Pottstold CNN on Saturday.

The suspect has a history of misdemeanor convictions, including some cases handled through a mental health court. Two misdemeanors stemmed from incidents at the mall in 2015.

“We feel confident saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor,” Potts told CNN. “But as to why he did that, is still something we’re looking into and trying to figure out.”

Aranda, who police said took off running after the incident, was found inside the mall’s transit station and arrested.

“He was enjoying a day at the Mall of America with his mom and friend on Friday morning when a stranger maliciously grabbed him and threw him over the 3rd floor balcony for no apparent reason,” according to the post on GoFundMe. “The family doesn’t know him and are completely clueless as to why this monster would target their family with this heinous act of violence. “

Authorities described the injuries as life-threatening but he is in stable condition at Children’s Hospital Minneapolis…Continue Reading


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