GoFundMe for boy injured at Mall of America raises nearly $400,000


A GoFundMe started for the boy seriously injured after he was reportedly thrown from the third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis has raised nearly $400,000 as of Sunday morning.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said Sunday that the boy is “still alive and receiving care,” and that the family wants privacy.

Children’s Hospital Minneapolis had no information to release.

Authorities haven’t released the boy’s name. They say he fell nearly 40 feet after Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, allegedly threw him off the balcony Friday.

Aranda is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge. Jail records don’t list an attorney for him. He could be formally charged as early as Monday.

Bloomington police said there is no relationship between the suspect and the child or the child’s family. Investigators are working to determine why the man threw the boy.

The GoFundMe goal is at $500,000. If you’d like to donate, click here.

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