Police do not think there is a relationship between Aranda and the child, but the Minneapolis resident has a history with the police, including a July 2015 incident where he threw an object from one of the floors at the same mall. "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge".
"(From) our investigative work and witnesses that we've spoken to - we feel confident saying the suspect threw the child off the third floor", Potts said.
Hanneman said his picture has been removed from the page because there have been "multiple people trying to copy this GoFundMe page and the family is still requesting privacy and has elected at this point not to share photos at this time"'.
'Please pray for my cousins lovely son Landen, ' she wrote.
Bloomington Police reported that the victim was 5 years old. Aranda has been charged with attempted homicide.
Landen Hoffmann is the five-year-old boy who was thrown off a third-floor balcony at Minnesota's Mall of America on Friday.
The 5-year-old boy "enjoys soccer, playing with friends and family and playing hockey with his brother and sister", according to the GoFundMe page.
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The 4.2-million-square-foot Mall of America is in Bloomington, about 10 miles south of Minneapolis.
He asked the public to keep the boy's family and first responders in their thoughts and prayers.
Potts believes this most recent incident is isolated and said the Mall of America continues to be a very safe place to go.
Witnesses told police that the alleged attacker "took off running immediately after the incident". We have counseling services available for anyone who may need assistance.
Aranda's criminal record includes two convictions in 2015 for obstruction of the legal process/interfering with a peace officer, as well as convictions for fifth-degree assault, trespassing and damage to property. "Bloomington Police is investigating the incident", it said. Police say both the victim and Aranda live in the Twin Cities.
In a statement Friday afternoon, the mall's management acknowledged the incident. He had also swept his hand across a display table at the beauty store Bare Minerals, breaking lip gloss containers and shot glasses, police said. He was banned again from the mall until December 2017.