Boy, 5, Who Was Thrown off Mall of America Balcony Is Making Steps Toward Recovery

The boy was slowly recovering.
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A 5-year-old boy who was injured after being thrown from a mall balcony in Minnesota is doing better.

More than $700,000 has been raised for Landen Hoffmann's medical expenses on GoFundMe and he is reportedly making "small steps toward the healing process."

In a statement on the site Wednesday, the family wrote, “The power of prayer is simply amazing. We all have been extremely humbled by the outpouring of support and prayers from everyone.”

Landen was reportedly standing outside of a restaurant at the Mall of America in Bloomington when he was picked up and thrown 40 feet from the balcony and landed on a stone floor, sustaining severe injuries.

He reportedly needs several surgeries to repair the damage.

“Thank you for showing us there is so much good not only in our community but across the globe,” the family’s statement continued. “... Each new day is a good day.”

The man accused of throwing Landen, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, allegedly later told police he was “looking for someone to kill” after he’d been rejected by multiple women over the years at the mall, according to reports.

Aranda has been charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder. His bail has been set at $2 million. 

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