5-Year-Old Thrown From Mall Of America Balcony Has Finally Gone Home As He Enters 'Next Phase Of Recovery'

The boy, named Landon, has endured more than 15 medical procedures after falling nearly 40 feet in a random attack by Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison earlier this year.

By Gina Tron
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Five months after being thrown from the third floor balcony of the Mall of America, a 5-year-old boy has returned home from the hospital.

“We are pleased to share that our son completed his inpatient rehabilitation and is now home. We are so thankful, and we rejoice in the Lord’s blessings to our family,” Landon's family wrote on a GoFundMe created for his recovery. They added that now the boy will “enter the next phase of recovery, which includes continued outpatient rehabilitation for multiple injuries and adjusting to life back at home and school.”

“Thank you to all of you who prayed for us and loved us during the past 4 ½ months,” the family said. 

The boy fell nearly 40 feet on April 12 after being thrown off the balcony by 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis. Aranda didn't know the victim or his family. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison earlier this year after pleading guilty to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in May.

Aranda told investigators he had gone to the mall that day “looking for someone to kill” because he was angry over being rejected by women at the mall in the past, according to The Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

The fall resulted in the young boy enduring more than 15 medical procedures, including surgeries on his broken arms and one of his legs, according to his GoFundMe page. He’s also had medical procedures to address facial and skull fractures and had his spleen removed.

Landon was in intensive care for months and was moved from that unit to an inpatient rehab program at another hospital about a month ago.

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