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Boy Thrown Off Mall of America Balcony a 'Strong, Happy Boy'

5-year-old Landon 'is now walking PERFECTLY,' and back in school, family says
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2019 6:11 AM CST
Boy Thrown Off Mall of America Balcony Now Walking 'Perfectly'
This undated photo shows Emmanuel Aranda, who was arrested in connection with an incident at the Mall of America where a 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday, April 12, 2019, after being pushed or thrown from a balcony.   (Bloomington Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – The boy who somehow survived being thrown from a third-story balcony in April at the Mall of America is "is now walking PERFECTLY with even legs AMEN," his family writes on his GoFundMe page. The 5-year-old, named only as Landon, "loves being back to school and going to kindergarten at the same school his twin brother and sister go to," the family wrote Friday. "He's a strong, happy boy. When his mommy asks him if she can look at his wound or asks how he's doing, he always responds with 'Mom, I'm healed, you don't need to ask me anymore.'" Landon came home from the hospital in August and CNN reports that at the time he sported "limp, uneven legs from a broken femur," as well as an open wound on his stomach. Twenty-four-year-old Emmanuel Aranda is serving a 19-year sentence for throwing Landon randomly from a balcony. (Read more Mall of America stories.)

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