Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury, Minnesota, suffered life-threatening injuries
Wellwishers have donated more than $ 300,000 to a family of five-year-old boy who suffered life-threatening injuries when he was thrown off a third-floor balcony in the Mall of America by a stranger.
The boy, Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury
Landen's cousin, April Hoffmann, posted a tribute to the boy on her Instagram page on Saturday.
'Please pray for my cousins beautiful son landen, 'she wrote.
' A monster of a man threw him from a 3rd floor balcony at the mall, he is fighting to stay with us every second. '
Friends of the family began a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for Landen, who is described as "the sweetest, kindest 5-year-old you will ever meet."
As the late Saturday night, the campaign raised more than $ 310,000 – surpassing its original goal of $ 250,000
"According to the GoFundMe page," His soul is soft and gentle and instantly brings a smile to everybody who he met. "
'He is full of energy and life and enjoys soccer, playing with friends and family and playing hockey with his brother and sister.'
As of late Saturday night, the campaign raised more than $ 310,000 – surpassing its original goal of $ 250,000.
Police say Landen was tossed from the balcony on Friday by 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the Minneapolis Metro Area.
Aranda was charged with attempted homicide and is currently being held at the Bloomington Police Department .
Landen Hoffmann is a five-year-old boy who was thrown off a third-floor balcony at Minnesota's Mall of America on Friday. His cousin, April Hoffmann, posted this message on her Instagram page
Aranda was chased down inside the mall and was taken into custody.
Witnesses say a woman at the mall was screaming hysterically after the child was thrown.
She was screaming "Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge," "Brian Johnson told WCCO.
Emergency crews were rushed to help the child.
Horror: Police were called to the Mall of America in Bloomington after the witnesses said: "I threw the young child from the height before trying to flee
24-year-old suspect was chased Bloomington Chief of Police Jeff Potts said police believe this to be a "isolated case"  Bloomington Chief of Police Jeff Potts said police believe this to be a "isolated case" .'A ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />
Bloomington Chief of Police Jeff Potts said police believe this to be a "isolated incident." Bloomington Chief of Police, Jeff Potts said.
Police officers.  Police officers. He gave the child first aid along with the witnesses, Potts said.
"The child was seriously injured," he said. 'The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care'.
According to Potts, witnesses told police that the person was suspected of pushing or throwing the child 'took off immediately after the incident.'
He is currently at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said, and authorities do not believe there is any further threat to the public.
'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 the police believe this to be a "isolated case".
"This was a senseless act and words can not really express our deep shock and sadness," the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday.
'Our immediate and only concern is for the wellbeing of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.
'We have counseling services available for anyone who may need help. We know that this is about event for all of us. As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation. '
The Aranda's criminal record includes two convictions in 2015 for obstruction of the legal process / interference with a peace officer as well
Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he met the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.
Police say Aranda refused to give his name and resisted arrest.
Aranda was also accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a table, breaking glasses.
In October 2015, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses in Twin Cities Grill in the mall.
The complaint says Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy something for him.
The woman refused, and Aranda allegedly threw a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg.
Aranda was under a trespass notice at the time banning him from the mall until July 4, 2016.