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Developing: Person Injured At Mall Of America, Taken To Children’s Hospital

A 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday after being pushed or thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America, according to witnesses, and a 24-year-old man with a history of causing disturbances at the mall was in custody.

The suspect, a 24-year-old man, was arrested on charges of attempted homicide at the mall's transit station and is now in police custody, according to the Bloomington Police Department. Aranda, who lives in the Twin Cities metro area, was being held by Bloomington police on suspicion of attempted homicide.

The Bloomington Police Chief did not release the age of the child.

Tiny Hailey of Burnsville, Minnesota, tells the Star Tribune she was walking with her husband on the mall's first floor when she heard screams. Potts said he didn't know whether the victim's family is from Minnesota or visiting from elsewhere.

Potts said police are looking at security video from inside the mall to gather more information.

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A source told WCCO the person who either pushed or threw the boy off the balcony fled the mall and was soon arrested by the Blue Line transit line.

Mall patrons and police officers performed life-saving measures on the boy, Potts said. Officers gave first aid but the 5-year-old child suffered "significant injuries" and had been taken to a hospital, Potts said.

Potts said the incident was isolated - that Aranda was not known to the child or to his family - and that investigators are "actively trying to figure out why this occurred ... whether it was an interaction up on the floor or why that is".

"At this point we believe this is an isolated incident", Potts said. He was being treated at a hospital, but no details on his condition were immediately available.

The chaotic scene played out about 10:15 a.m.in the southeast corner of the mall.

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