A 5-year-old child suffered life-threatening injuries when, according to witnesses, a man either threw or pushed the child from the third floor of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, police said Friday.
Police don't know why the child was launched over the railing, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said, adding that there doesn't seem to be any connection between the victim, his family and Aranda.
Allina Health officials said an ambulance took the child to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
He said the suspect immediately took off running but was quickly found and arrested at the mall. "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.
The police department is working with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office crime lab to investigate the incident, and they are also working with the mall to determine if any surveillance video exists of the incident.
The suspect is a 24-year-old man, who was not named.
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A suspect was arrested at the mall.
The Bloomington Police Chief did not reveal the suspects name but said he was a 24-year-old man who is now in police custody.
"At this time, we do not believe that there is a relationship between the child or the family of the child", Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an "isolated incident".
Per CNN, Potts said, "The child did suffer significant injuries".
The child fell to the first floor, where several witnesses and passersby tried to perform CPR on him, Potts said. The child was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital.
Potts said that Aranda was not known to the child or to his family and that investigators are "actively trying to figure out why this occurred".
Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.