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Boy Thrown Off Shopping Centre Balcony By Stranger

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A five-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being thrown off a third-floor shopping centre balcony by a stranger. 

The Sun reports that Landen Hoffmann was left in a pool of blood after plunging to the marble ground floor in front of petrified witnesses at Minnesota's Mall of America.

His panic-stricken mum was heard screaming: "Oh my God, my baby - someone threw him over the edge". 

More than $USD377,000 ($AUD526,000) has been raised on the family's GoFundMe page to the boy who is being described as "the sweetest kindest five-year-old you will ever meet". 

"His soul is soft and gentle and instantly brings a smile to everybody he meets.

"He is full of energy and life and enjoys soccer, playing with friends and family and playing hockey with his brother and sister."

24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been charged with attempted murder after being chased down by police following the disturbing incident.

He is not known to Landen - who remains in a critical condition in hospital - or his family.

The Mall of America has issued a statement, saying: "This was a senseless act and words cannot truly express our profound shock and sadness.

"Our immediate and only concern is for the wellbeing of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.

"We have counselling services available for anyone who may need assistance.

"We know that this is a concerning event for all of us.

"As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full co-operation."

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