Police were called to the World of America mall in Bloomington after witnesses reported an unidentified man either throwing or pushing the young child from the height, before trying to flee.
Witnesses told police the child had been either thrown or pushed and that the suspect had taken off running.
The suspect was identified by police as 24-year-old Twin Cities resident Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, cops said. The family is now with the child, police said.
Investigators are working to determine what led to the child being thrown or pushed.
A Mall of America spokesperson said in a statement that any additional information about the incident will come from police.
"She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone pray, '" shopper Brian Johnson told CBS.
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Metro Transit halted Blue Line light rail service to and from the mall for a short time due to police activity in the area.
"Our officers initially responded and performed first aid on the child along with some other witnesses and passersby", Potts said.
The boy was taken by ambulance from the mall to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. But three months later he was accused of returning and throwing a glass at a woman in a mall restaurant. Potts said he didn't know whether the victim's family is from Minnesota or visiting from elsewhere.
A portion of the mall was expected to remain cordoned off Friday as officers processed the scene.
Police do not believe there is a relationship between the suspect and the child and the incident appeared to be isolated. 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 counseling services available for anyone who may need assistance. As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation".