MOA Attacker Planned to Kill

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Emmanuel Aranada told authorities he planned on killing someone before he threw a 5-year-old boy over a railing at the Mall of America Friday.

Aranada, a 24-year-old Minneapolis man with a history of mental illness, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder. Prosecutors will seek a harsh punishment citing the cruelty of the crime.

The boy pushed by Aranada remains in critical condition with serious head trauma and multiple fractures after his 40-foot fall.

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