Authorities described the injuries as life-threatening but he is in stable condition at Children's Hospital Minneapolis.
Jeff Potts, the police chief for Bloomington Police Department said: "First of all, most importantly, the child that fell is still alive". "Immediately, my thoughts were: how can something like this happen?"
"We think the mall is still a very safe place to go". Aranda originally said he planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead, the complaint said.
Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level. A witness tried to stop him, and officers soon after apprehended and arrested the Minneapolis man in the mall's transit station.
24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been charged with attempted murder after being chased down by police following the disturbing incident. I just can't imagine someone doing that to her!
On Friday, 24-year old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda allegedly threw the child, who has not been identified, from the third floor of the mall, police said. Police say Aranda refused to give his name and resisted arrest. Police then found out that Aranda was also suspected of damaging property in a store.
Aranda was banned from the mall for one year.
Aranda asked the woman to buy him something while they sat outside the restaurant, waiting for it to open.
Court records obtained by PEOPLE show that Aranda pled guilty to fifth-degree assault and interfering with an officer of the peace. When management intervened, Aranda grew enraged.
"We feel confident in saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor, but as to why he did that is still something we're looking into and trying to figure out", Potts said.
"As the criminal case moves forward with today's charges in the wake of Friday's senseless incident, our thoughts and primary concerns remain with the victim and his family during this hard time".
"He was enjoying a day at the Mall of America with his mom and friend on Friday morning when a stranger maliciously grabbed him and threw him over the 3rd floor balcony for no apparent reason".
"The church is committed to support the family spiritually and in any capacity, financially and in any other way that they deem as a need", said Brian Sullivan, the associate pastor at Living Word Christian Church in Brooklyn Park. His mother, Johnson told ABC 5, pleaded with the onlookers: "Everyone please pray".
'Please pray for my cousins lovely son Landen, ' she wrote.