‘She was screaming “Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my god, my baby, someone threw him over the edge”,’ witness Brian Johnson told WCCO.
‘She was screaming like a banshee, like there’s no tomorrow. I just don’t know. Everyone was in shock.’
Police chief Jeff Potts said it does not appear the accused had any relationship with the boy or his family - making it a random attack.
A police spokesman said the boy suffered ‘significant injuries’ and is currently in hospital.
The Mall of America said in a statement: ‘Earlier today, Mall of America security was notified of an incident involving a child falling from one of the upper floors.
‘Mall Security responded immediately as well as the Bloomington Police Department. Emergency Services were notified and responded as well. The child was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital. Bloomington Police is investigating the incident.
‘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.’