Man charged with attempted murder after attacking child at mall

Emmanuel Aranda left appears before a judge at the Hennepin County jail Tuesday

Emmanuel Aranda left appears before a judge at the Hennepin County jail Tuesday

Aranda was charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder for the heinous crime and is slated to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

The man who has admitted to harming the boy is 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who said he had been looking for someone to kill.

"That a child, with his mother, at a safe public area like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling for everyone".

The boy suffered life-threatening injuries from the incident, including multiple fractured bones in his arms and legs, massive head trauma and bleeding from his head, prosecutors said.

"The family appreciates the outpouring of support from across the country, reassuring them of the goodness in humanity, the overall goodness of humanity and God's will", said Stephen Tillitt, attorney for the boy's family.

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Then, the complaint alleges, Aranda "without warning" picked up the boy and threw him over the railing to the first floor, which Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts earlier estimated to be about 40 feet.

"The family can not express how grateful they are for all of the prayers, love and support that they are receiving".

The child's mother reportedly told authorities that she and her son had been with a friend and her child on the mall's third floor outside the Rain Forest Cafe when a male she had never seen before approached them.

He returned Friday and picked the boy instead, U.S. media reported.

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"Please respect their great need and desire for privacy during that journey and do not attempt to contact them for additional information or interviews".

That man - later identified as Aranda - is alleged to have come so close to them that the child's mother asked if they were in his way and should move.

In 2015, Aranda was arrested at the mall after he threw a glass of water and glass of tea at a woman who refused to give him money.

Aranda told law enforcement he knew his intentions were wrong but was exhausted of being rejected by women he tried to pick up at the mall. Aranda said that made him lash out. According to the criminal complaint, Aranda told officers that "he has some anger issues", and that, "it does not happen all the time".

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