Category: Mall of America

5-year-old thrown from Mall of America balcony remains in intensive care

BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota – The family of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America has released new information about the April 12 attack in a statement to NBC News.

Landen remains in intensive care after suffering two broken arms, a broken leg, skull fractures and other serious injuries.

“…The injuries and severe complications have now resulted in more than 15 separate medical procedures or surgeries, including surgeries for two broken arms and a broken leg, removal of his spleen, procedures for fluid in his lungs and stomach, as well as for facial and skull fractures; and just this past weekend, he had a stent placed in a vein that runs through his liver because of the serious complications he continues to endure.”

Emmanuel Aranda was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the attack.

“While the miracle of his survival is what we celebrate and thank Jesus for every day, we must also acknowledge that our beautiful boy has been on a very challenging road to recovery,” the family said in a statement.

“He remains in intensive care where he has been since his admission, under constant treatment and monitoring, and we are still unsure when our family will be able to return home,” the family said.

“Throughout, your support has lifted each of us and reminded us of the power of God’s love. But our focus must continue to be solely on his recovery and the health of our entire family. Thanks again to each of you for your prayers and best wishes. Please continue to pray for him.”

Boy Thrown Off Balcony at Mall of America is ‘Alert and Conscious’

BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota — The 5-year-old who was thrown off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota earlier this month is ‘alert and conscious,’ his family said.

“All praise, glory and honor to Jesus! He saved our son’s life and is healing him in the most miraculous ways. We are so elated to let you know that our son is now alert and conscious and is no longer in critical condition!,” the family said in a statement.

The boy, who has not been publicly identified, was in critical condition immediately after the incident April 12. His family said last week that he was still in intensive care.

The family is hoping the boy will be released from the hospital by June, the statement said, as they will now focus on additional surgeries, healing, and rehabilitation.

In the statement, the family also thanked the community for their continued prayers and support.

“The road to recovery remains long, but with God and you, we are assured to make it through,” the family said.

The boy fell nearly 40 feet when Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, picked him up and threw him over a balcony’s railing at the famed mall, police said.

Aranda has been charged with attempted murder.

The boy and his mother were outside the Rain Forest Café when Aranda came up close to them, according to a criminal complaint. The mother had never seen Aranda before, and she asked if she and her son should move.

Instead, Aranda picked up the boy and threw him over the railing, the complaint states.

Aranda told police he had come to the mall a day earlier intending to kill an adult, but that did not “work out,” according to the complaint.

So he returned the next day and apparently chose the boy instead.

Aranda told police he knew what he was planning to do was wrong. He explained he had visited the mall for years, trying to speak to women there, but they rejected him. Aranda said that made him lash out.