Boy tossed from mall balcony still faces ‘serious complications’

A 5-year-old Minnesota boy who was tossed off a third-story Mall of America balcony has endured more than 15 medical procedures or surgeries — and it’s unclear when he’ll return home from a hospital, a family spokesman said.

Landen Hoffman, of Woodbury, is continuing to face “serious complications” stemming from the random April 12 attack when Emmanuel Aranda, 24, threw the boy nearly 40 feet off a balcony at the massive mall in Bloomington.

“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,” family spokesman Noah Hanneman wrote late Tuesday on a GoFundMe page for the boy that has raised more than $1 million. “It has been so hard for our young son and our family.”

The boy has undergone a litany of surgeries and medical procedures for his extensive injuries, including two broken arms, a broken leg and fractures to his face and skull.

He also received treatment for fluid in his lungs and stomach, and had a stent placed in a vein that runs through his liver, Hanneman said.

“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 post continued. “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.”

Aranda, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison this month after pleading guilty to attempted murder, showed little emotion as a judge handed down the maximum sentence he faced.

He previously told authorities he was “looking for someone to kill” at the mall after years of being rejected there by women, which caused him to lash out against the boy, whom he did not know.

“Your act was evil and selfish,” Landen’s father said in a statement read by prosecutors ahead of the sentencing. “You chose to listen to the worst parts of yourself that day.”

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