On April 12, five-year-old Landen Hoffman was thrown from the third story balcony of the Mall of America by Emmanuel Aranda. The 40 foot drop caused numerous medical issues, which left the young boy in the hospital for an extended period of time. Aranda was arrested and charged with attempted murder in the first degree. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison.
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Seven months have passed since Hoffman was left with extensive injuries. According to the Daily Mail, the boy suffered a broken leg and numerous fractures to his face and skull. It took 15 surgeries for Hoffman to be considered whole again.
Even after his life-altering attack, Hoffman still has good memories of the people who were nice to him in the hospital. “Landen knows people all over the world are praying for him and he loves all the cards he keeps getting in the mail,” he wrote. “There was one bad person, but from that came millions of Good people!”
As for the 24-year-old Aranda, he was sentenced in June to 19 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the first degree.
According to the investigation, Aranda would come to the mall to try and talk to girls.
After being rejected numerous times, Aranda claimed he knew he was going to kill somebody. Originally, he was going to kill an adult, but then settled on the young boy for an unknown reason.
The Hoffman family created a GoFundMe to help pay for the exorbitant medical cost. As of now, the family has raised the intended million dollar goal. The family gives updates to the donors on the GoFundMe page.
“The wound has finally scabbed over and new skin is growing, and we are still optimistic he will be off some of his medications soon,” the page reads.
“He loves being back to school and going to kindergarten at the same school his twin brother and sister go to,” the boy’s mother wrote. “He gets out of the car every morning happy and blows kisses all the way in! He’s a strong, happy boy.”