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


Police in Minnesota say a 5-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries when he was pushed or thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America.

Witnesses say the boy's mother was screaming and asking others to pray for her son.

Tiny Hailey of Burnsville, Minnesota, told the Star Tribune she was walking with her husband on the mall's first floor when she heard screams. Hailey says the mother appeared to be in shock and "didn't know what to do," and that "Nobody was helping her."

Witnesses say a suspect ran away and was arrested at the mall's transit station. The 24-year-old man from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is being held at the Bloomington Police Department.

The boy was taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown.

Police say the suspect apparently does not know the victim or the victim's family.


Bloomington, Police say a suspect is in custody after initial investigation indicates a 5-year-old child was pushed or thrown from the third floor at Mall of America Friday morning.

KSTP reports Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said the child was critically injured and had been taken to the hospital. Police responded to the southeast court at the mall around 10:17 a.m. The child had fallen from the third level to the first.

An Allina Health spokesperson had earlier confirmed that one person had been transported to Children's Minnesota from the mall.

KSTP reported it does not appear the suspect in custody, a 24-year-old male, had a relationship with the child or the child's family.