The family of the 5-year-old who was thrown over a Minnesota mall railing says the prayers for his recovery are working.
As Dearly previously reported, Emmanuel Aranda, 24, allegedly threw Landen from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America on April 12.
Here’s the little boy who was thrown off a 3rd floor balcony at the Mall of America. Family says 5-year-old Landen Hoffmann is “showing real signs of recovery.” $900K’s been raised to help him. ?: NY Daily News https://t.co/pXMQSMvGu6 pic.twitter.com/82d2wAGSQV
— Joyce Peterson (@MemphoNewsLady) April 19, 2019
While speaking with police, Aranda admitted to throwing Landen from the balcony.
The complaint states:
Defendant indicated he had been coming to the Mall for several years and had made efforts to talk to women in the Mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive.
People reports that Landen suffered severe head trauma and multiple broken bones in his limbs.
Mac Hammond, a pastor from the victim’s family’s church, told People that he prayed with Landen’s family ahead of the boy’s five-hour MRI last week.
According to Hammond, following the procedure, medical officials said that the boy’s injuries weren’t as bad as initially thought.
Hammond reportedly told his parish on Sunday that one doctor said that Landen’s condition is “truly a miracle.”
Further, Hammond says the doctors felt Landen’s injuries were more consistent with falling off of a bike than a third story fall.
The pastor also claims that doctors said there was “zero evidence of brain damage…there wasn’t even swelling in the brain.”
Furthermore, Landen’s family wrote a positive message on his GoFundMe Page which has raised over $995,000.
The statement says:
We have an important week ahead with more milestones to accomplish. God’s hand is working. Your prayers are working! Our son remains in intensive care, under sedation and under close monitoring as we stay patient to allow him to heal.
— Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) April 15, 2019
Law enforcement has charged Aranda with suspicion of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. The charge carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison. It is not clear if he has entered a plea or not.