There have been rumors on the internet that the 5-year-old named Landon who was thrown over rails at the Mall of America had died.
However, that is not the truth as authorities say the young boy is still fighting for his life.
Here is more from ABC 13:
During a news conference, police said the child, who fell almost 40 feet, has significant injuries.
“The child is still alive,” said Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts. “He’s receiving care. I think we’re just asking for your thoughts and prayers for that child to recover.”
The suspect, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, has been charged with attempted homicide in relation to the incident.
Potts said Aranda is cooperating and the case is expected to be submitted for charges on Monday. He is currently in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.
“We feel confident in saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor,” said Potts. “But as to why he did that is still something we’re looking into and trying to figure out.”
Police were called to the mall about 10:17 a.m. local time Friday after a child fell from the third floor. Witnesses told police that the child might have been pushed or thrown, according to Potts. Witnesses also reported seeing someone later identified as Aranda running from the scene.
Photos of the 5-year-old child named Landen who was flung from the balcony of the Mall of America have surfaced.
The attacker, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, is a black man, and the child who was critically injured and fighting for his life is white.
But interestingly the news media has not reported on the race of the attacker and the victim and has not labeled it a hate crime.