Minnesota Mother Accused of Throwing 11-Year-Old Son Off Fourth-Floor Balcony

An 11-year-old boy in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is recovering after he was allegedly thrown off a fourth floor balcony by his mother.

The St. Paul Police Department said they were called at around 8:40 a.m to an apartment building on the 700 block of Hampden Avenue in St Paul followings reports of an "attempted suicide" on Monday, March 9.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a child on the ground suffering from multiple injuries, reports Fox 9.

The boy suffered at least one broken femur, a fractured jaw and several head injuries as a result of the fall. He was taken to Regions Hospital where he is expected to survive.

"He is seriously injured, physically, but thankfully he is going to survive," said St. Paul Police Department spokesman Steve Linders. "I imagine he is injured emotionally as well."

Linders estimated the boy fell around 40 feet.

Officers entered the apartment building and went up to the victim's home on the fourth floor. Inside they found his 6-year-old brother and his 33-year-old mother, identified in local news reports as Itayvia D. Lloyd.

Lloyd allegedly told officers that she pulled the 11-year-old out of his bunk bed and threw him off the balcony.

The mother did not give any motive for the incident.

"Obviously, we all want to know why this happened," Linders told Fox 9. "We all want answers, but she has not provided any. She just told the investigators that she did this and she did not say why."

Her 6-year-old son who was also inside the apartment was not harmed.

Lloyd was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and malicious punishment of a child.

In a statement posted onto Facebook, St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said that stories like this remind him "just how fragile and precious life is" while thanking the officers and medical staff who responded to the 11-year-old.

"As the grandfather of seven little ones and someone who has responded to calls like this—calls involving the unthinkable—I know the emotional toll this can take on a person," Axtell added.

"As someone who calls Saint Paul home, I feel the concern that is coursing through our community. I also know that we can and will rally around this child, his family and each other—by being kind to one another, reaching out if we see people in need and asking for help when we need it for ourselves."

The incident remains under investigation. The St. Paul Police Department have been contacted for further comment.

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File photo: Police car lights in night time. A mother has been arrested after allegedly throwing her 11-year-old son off the balcony of their fourth-floor apartment. iStock