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24 year old Emmanuel Aranda grabbed a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America and tossed him down nearly 40 feet, leaving the boy with life-threatening injuries, including multiple broken bones and severe head trauma, according to charging documents.

Aranda told investigators he was “looking for someone to kill, but it did not ‘work out.” He said he came up with a plan to “kill someone at the mall” and indicated that was angry because women at the mall had rejected him.

A GoFundMe campaign to assist with the boy’s medical and rehabilitation costs had raised more than $659,000. Aranda was being held on felony charges of premeditated murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. It’s unclear whether Aranda has obtained an attorney.


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