Man charged with attempted murder after child falls from balcony

Lester Mason
April 14, 2019

He said the suspect immediately took off running but was quickly found and arrested at the mall.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said police don't think there is any relationship between the man and the family of the child, who suffered life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are working to determine what led to the child being thrown or pushed.

Police say that there is no apparent connection between the suspect and the victim or the victim's family.

Police have arrested a suspect!

A United States man has been arrested after a five-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries from being pushed or thrown off a balcony at a shopping centre. Witnesses said the boy was pushed or thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America.

"The child did suffer significant injuries", he said.


A witness told CNN affiliate WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony.

He also has a felony conviction for first-degree damage to property.

However, witnesses at the scene described the child being thrown or pushed by a man. Tina Hailey told the publication she was rounding the corner when she heard a woman screaming, "Oh my god, pray for my son". "As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation".

The child's family is at the hospital but no details were immediately available about the child's condition.

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. The complaint says he approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something.

He's now at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said, and authorities don't believe there is any further threat to the public.

The Mall of America, home to 330 stores, is located in the city of Bloomington, just south of Minneapolis.

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