Child Possibly Thrown or Pushed from Balcony at MOA, Suspect in Custody

Updated: April 12, 2019 02:32 PM

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A child was rushed to a hospital Friday (4/12) morning after reportedly being thrown from a third-level balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. One person was taken into custody.

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Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts talked to reporters about the incident. Potts said information they have gathered from witnesses indicated that the child might have been pushed or thrown from the third-level balcony.

"Our initial information indicated that a child had either, had fallen from the third level and had landed down on the first level floor," said Chief Potts. "Additional information from witnesses indicated that the child might have been either pushed or thrown from level three. Our officers initially responded and performed first aid on the child along with some other actual witnesses and passersby. The child did suffer significant injuries. The child has been transported to the hospital and is currently receiving care."

The Bloomington Police Chief did not reveal the suspects name but said he was a 24-year-old man who is currently in police custody.

"We located that suspect, quickly," says Potts. "That suspect has been taken into custody, is currently at the Bloomington Police Department."

Potts said they don't believe there is a relationship between the suspect and the child's family. He said a thorough investigation will be conducted to find out the motive for the incident.

The Bloomington Police Chief did not release the age of the child.

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