Landen Hoffman was at the Mall of America in Minneapolis with his mum on April 12 when a stranger approached him, picked him up and tossed him over the balcony, in front of his horrified mother.
Emmanuel Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis has been charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder. He allegedly said he was angry after being rejected by a woman at the mall and "was looking for someone to kill".
Landen, has been described as the “sweetest, kindest five-year-old you will ever meet”, landed and suffered from multiple broken bones and head trauma in the 12m fall but incredibly his test results show managed to escape brain and spinal cord injury.
A friend of the family, Pastor Mac Hammond shared the good news with his congregation after the boy’s grandfather phoned him with the results of the brain scan, calling his recovery “truly a miracle”.
In a statement released by the family, they said Landen remained in intensive care “under sedation and close monitoring” and thanked wellwishers for their support.