Child pushed from third floor of Mall of America, suspect in custody

A 24-year-old man was arrested Friday in an incident in which a 5-year-old child may have been pushed or thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America police said

A 5-year-old boy was critically injured after being pushed or thrown by a 24-year-old man from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Friday, police say. A suspect was soon found inside the mall's transit station and was taken into custody.

A USA man has been arrested after a five-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries from being pushed or thrown off a balcony at a shopping centre.

According to the police release, the relationship between the man and the boy remains unclear. When Bloomington police caught up with him in a fitting room at Footaction, he refused to give his name and resisted arrest.

Aranda is being held on suspicion of attempted homicide, and police expect to submit the case to prosecutors in support of charges by noon Monday, Potts said.

Johnson says the woman was screaming that her child was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall.

The child's family is at the hospital.

Court records obtained by CNN affiliate WCCO show that in July 2015, he was charged with causing damage inside stores after he threw items off the upper level of the mall to the lower level. He said a thorough investigation will be conducted to find out the motive for the incident.

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According to Potts, witnesses told police the person suspected of pushing or throwing the child 'took off running immediately after the incident'. Tina Hailey told the publication she was rounding the corner when she heard a woman screaming, "Oh my god, pray for my son".

Police do not believe there was any connection between Aranda and the five-year-old boy, nor between Aranda and the boy's mother.

"Of course, our immediate concern is for the child", Potts said, adding the mother is with the child.

Aranda also has a felony conviction for first-degree damage to property.

Mall of America said any additional information about the incident would come from police.

Police rushed to the scene in Bloomington after witnesses called, reporting a woman was screaming her child had been thrown over a balcony around 10 a.m., local time.

The Star Tribune reports that the child was being treated at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

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