Child Thrown From Third Floor of Mall of America, Suspect Arrested
A five-year-old child suffered ‘significant injuries’ after they were allegedly thrown from a third-floor balcony by a 24-year-old man at a mall in Minnesota.
Police were called to the Mall of America in Bloomington this morning, after witnesses reported an unidentified man either throwing the young child from the height, before trying to flee.
The suspect was chased down inside the mall and was taken into custody.
Police do not think there is any relationship between the man and the child or the child’s family.
‘Additional information from witnesses indicated the 5-year-old might have been pushed or thrown,’ Bloomington Chief of Police Jeff Potts said.
Police officers gave the child first aid along with witnesses, Potts said.
‘The child did suffer significant injuries,’ he said. ‘The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care.’
According to Potts, witnesses told police the person suspected of pushing or throwing the child ‘took off running immediately after the incident.’
He’s currently at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said, and authorities don’t 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 police believe this to be an ‘isolated incident.’
The area where the fall occurred has been closed.
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