Man who allegedly threw 5-year-old from mall balcony faces attempted murder charge

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, was angry because he'd been rejected by women he approached at the Mall of America, authorities said.
1:25 | 04/16/19

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We do have news tonight on the little boy thrown from a third floor balcony of the mall of America. As that boy fights for his life, the man accused is now charged with attempted first degree murder. Tonight, what he told police about his visit to that same mall the day before. What he intended to do. Here's ABC's Alex Perez. Reporter: Tonight, new details about 24-year-old Emanuel Aranda, the suspect that police say cold-heartedly grabbed a 5-year-old boy and threw him nearly 40 feet from a third floor balcony at the mall of America. According to court documents, Aranda telling investigators he had cased the mall the day before and he "Intended to kill someone, an adult," but chose the boy instead, adding, he was aware it "Was wrong." The horrifying scene unfolding Friday. We could see the emts over the little child and all we could see are his little feet. Reporter: The suspect's motivation? Police say he was angry because he had been rejected by women he approached at the mall. Aranda, who's facing first degree attempted murder charges, had been banned from the mall in the past for throwing water in a women's face and destroying property. His family says he has mental health issues. What happened to that baby is so unfortunate, but it's going to bring light to mental illness. Reporter: David, that 5-year-old boy, his name is Landen, his injuries are life hft threatening. Loved ones say he has many surgeries ahead of him. That suspect is due in court tomorrow.

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