Boy thrown over railing at Mall of America remains sedated, in intensive care

Landen was attacked at Mall of America and thrown over a third-floor railing.
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The family of the 5-year-old boy who was thrown over a railing at Mall of America earlier this month issued a statement on Tuesday, saying Landen remains sedated and intensive care at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. 

“We wanted to provide a short update following the holiday weekend. We have an important week ahead with more milestones to accomplish. God’s hand is working. Your prayers are working! Our son remains in intensive care, under sedation and under close monitoring as we stay patient to allow him to heal.

Thank you for continuing to respect our family’s privacy through this unimaginable time. We remain steadfast in our faith and praise God for His miraculous work in our lives and for your love, prayers and support. Thank you so much and keep praying!”

On Easter Sunday, the family's pastor provided an update on Landen's condition, saying doctors have told the family that it's "truly a miracle" his injuries aren't worse than they are. 

Pastor Mac Hammond of Living Word Christian Center spoke at length during Easter Sunday service, saying that the boy underwent a five-hour MRI to determine the extent of his injuries and there was "zero evidence" of brain damage or spinal injuries.

He likened the injuries to falling off a bicycle rather than a 40-foot fall in a mall, but in the family's statement on Tuesday, the spokesperson said that this is only true for the boy's facial injuries.

The spokesperson did not confirm any of the information regarding brain and spinal injuries shared by Hammond in his address, which you can watch via this video

The man accused of throwing Landen over the MOA railing is 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who has been charged with first-degree attempted murder. 

An online fundraiser for Landen and his family has raised nearly $1 million, making it one of the largest GoFundMe campaigns ever

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