Man Who Threw Boy from MOA Balcony Pleads Guilty

Man Who Threw Boy from MOA Balcony Pleads Guilty Click to Enlarge

24-year-old Emmanuel Aranda of Minneapolis pleaded guilty to charges of premeditated attempted murder Tuesday.

Aranda faces 19 years in prison for throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in April. He told investigators he went to the mall that day looking for someone to kill and he chose the boy at random.

The boy suffered head trauma and several broken bones from the 40-foot fall. The boy remains in the hospital where he is continuing to heal.

Aranda’s mother says her son needs help for mental illness and should not be sent to prison.

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