The man accused of throwing a five-year-old boy off a balcony at the Mall of America has been charged with attempted murder.
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis is expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday, with prosecutors expected to ask for his bail to be set at $2 million. Witnesses have stated that the man took the child and either threw or pushed him off a balcony, falling 40 feet to the first floor.
The boy has not been identified. He is currently in critical condition. Aranda has reportedly told officials that he intended to kill an adult when he came to the mall the day before, but that plan did not “work out,” so he tried to kill the boy instead.