Boy injured in MOA attack showing 'real signs of recovery,' family says

The 5-year-old remains in the ICU at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
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The boy thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America is showing "real signs of recovery," his family said in a positive Good Friday update.

In a statement released on GoFundMe, the family of the 5-year-old said: "Our miracle child is showing real signs of recovery."

"New test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care with a long road ahead. Our faith in God, and our Savior Jesus, is strong, and we are gaining more reason for optimism day by day."

The family said it continues to request privacy as they focus on the boy's recovery, but has said they feel "your overwhelming love, prayers and support, for they seem to be working."

He is being treated at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

The GoFundMe campaign was launched in the wake of the attack on the boy, and as of Friday lunchtime had raised more than $880,000.

The man accused of throwing the boy from the third-floor, 24-year-old Emmanuel Aranda, has been charged in court with first-degree attempted murder.

He allegedly approached the boy while he was standing with his mother near the balcony outside the Rainforest Cafe and threw him over the side.

He later told police that he had gone to the Mall of America that day with the intention of killing someone, but had originally intended to target an adult.

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