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Man 'threw boy from Minneapolis mall because women rejected him’

Man 'threw boy from Minneapolis mall because women rejected him’

In his first court appearance since Friday's incident, when he allegedly dropped the boy almost 40 feet (12 meters), Emmanuel Aranda was charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder, Hennepin County Attorney's office spokesman Chuck Laszewski said.

Police say Aranda told them he went to the mall "looking for someone to kill" and chose the boy at random.

Aranda's bail was kept at US$2 million and an omnibus hearing was set for May 14.

Without entering a plea, his court appearance was brief. He gave his name and address when prompted by Judge Jeannice Reding and answered "not at all" when the judge asked if he had any questions. A GoFundMe account had raised more than $700,000 by Tuesday evening.

"The family appreciates the outpouring of support from across the country, reassuring them of the overall goodness of humanity and of God's will", attorney Stephen Tillitt told reporters in a prepared statement outside the jail.

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.

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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.

Reportedly, Aranda said he had been coming to the mall for years and tried to speak to women without success and at one point was banned from the mall.

After being read his Miranda rights, Arnada confessed that it was he who threw the boy off the balcony.

He allegedly claimed he had made efforts to "talk to women in the Mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive". Court records show Aranda had been ordered to undergo pyschological evaluation or treatment after his previous two convictions at the mall.

Police say he also threw water in a woman's face at the Mall of America and has a warrant for his arrest from IL for assault. The Star-Tribune reported that Aranda was previously convicted of first-degree property damage and was also arrested on charges of assault and theft in IL.

The attorney, Paul Sellers, also urged the community to focus on mental health options for those who need it instead of waiting for bad things to happen and demanding retribution.