Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

5-year-old child hurt in Mall of America incident

5-year-old child hurt in Mall of America incident

Police detained the man suspected of deliberately causing the child to fall, and he remains in police custody. Details of his condition weren't immediately available. The child was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital. The child landed on the first floor on Friday morning.

The mother screamed uncontrollably and appeared to be in shock, Hailey said. The suspect, a 24-year-old man was soon found inside the mall and was taken into custody.

"I won't forget it".

'"Time stopped for a minute for me", she said. "I hope he survived".

Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said witnesses told police that the child may have been pushed or thrown from the mall's third level to the first floor on Friday.

Potts said it was not yet clear whether the child and his family are from Minnesota.


He reportedly sprinted away from the scene after pushing or throwing the child, but was apprehended while still in the mall.

Allina Health officials said an ambulance took the child to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Initial accounts over emergency audio indicated that the child wasn't breathing. An older man tried to stop the suspect and was assaulted by him, witnesses told police.

Metro Transit posted on social media just before 11 a.m. that there was no service into or out of the mall due to police activity.

Johnson says the woman was screaming that her child was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall.

Potts said police are looking at security video from inside the mall to gather more information.

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