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Mall of America settles lawsuit with family of boy, 5, thrown over balcony

Mall of America settles lawsuit with family of boy, 5, who was thrown over balcony and 40 feet by man ‘looking for someone to kill’: child suffered severe head trauma and broken bones

  • Landen Hoffman suffered head trauma and multiple broken bones when he was thrown 40 feet from a balcony at a Minnesota mall in April 2019
  • The Mall of America settled a confidential lawsuit Monday with the boy’s family, now age 8, vowing to tighten its restraining order policy.
  • Emmanuel Aranda, 24, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced to 19 years in prison for assaulting the youngster
  • Aranda told police he had gone to the mall looking for someone to kill as revenge for being rejected by women there for years

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The Mall of America has settled in confidence in a lawsuit involving the family of a five-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony by a man who claimed he was “looking for someone to kill.”

Landen Hoffman, now eight, was five years old when the man with a history of causing a disturbance at the mall threw him off a balcony — 40 feet to the ground — at the mall in Bloomington, Minnesota, in April 2019.

The child suffered severe head trauma and multiple bone fractures.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced to 19 years in prison for assaulting the boy.

Aranda, who had been banned from the mall in two other cases, told detectives he committed the heinous act after “a woman rejected his advances.”

As part of the settlement, the Mall of America has pledged to tighten its off limits.

Landen Hoffman, Now Eight, Was Five Years Old When A Man With A History Of Causing A Mall Disturbance Threw Him Off A Balcony — 40 Feet To The Ground — At The Mall In Bloomington, Minnesota.  The Boy Suffered Severe Head Trauma And Multiple Bone Fractures

Landen Hoffman, now eight, was five years old when a man with a history of causing a mall disturbance threw him off a balcony — 40 feet to the ground — at the mall in Bloomington, Minnesota. The boy suffered severe head trauma and multiple bone fractures

Emmanuel Aranda Pleaded Guilty To Attempted First-Degree Murder And Was Sentenced To 19 Years In Prison For The Heinous Attack.  Aranda (Pictured) Listens As Judge Jeannice Reding Delivers The Hennepin County Government Center On June 3, 2019 In Minneapolis, Minnesota

Emmanuel Aranda Pleaded Guilty To Attempted First-Degree Murder And Was Sentenced To 19 Years In Prison For The Heinous Attack.  Aranda (Pictured) Listens As Judge Jeannice Reding Delivers The Hennepin County Government Center On June 3, 2019 In Minneapolis, Minnesota

Emmanuel Aranda pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the heinous attack. Aranda (pictured) listens as Judge Jeannice Reding delivers the Hennepin County Government Center on June 3, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The family claimed inside filed a lawsuit last year that the mall’s security should have prevented Aranda from “snooping” the building without an officer closely following him. The lawsuit alleged that the mall and its security detail were aware of previous “violent, aggressive and erratic” behavior that Aranda had engaged in at the mall.

In a joint statement announcing the settlement, the mall and family said they will work together on policy changes to prevent similar incidents.

“Mall of America and the family have agreed to work together with a focus on safety, and are already jointly pursuing policy changes to existing prohibited limits for violent criminals to provide greater opportunities to keep such individuals off their premises,” the statement said. . .

The lawsuit sought unspecified damages. At the time it was filed, an attorney for the family said the boy had already incurred more than $1.7 million in medical expenses. Landen’s parents said on their GoFundMe page in 2019 that Landen had more than 15 medical procedures, including surgeries for two broken arms and a broken leg, facial and skull fractures, and removal of his spleen.

“The boy’s recovery has been nothing short of miraculous and the focus remains on his health and well-being, including privacy during this time,” Monday’s statement added. “The Mall and family will request that any resulting change be named in the young boy’s honor.”

Additional details of the settlement were not released by the boy’s family or the mall.

Hoffmann'S Family And Friends Took To Social Media To Send Their Prayers And Love For The Boy

Hoffmann'S Family And Friends Took To Social Media To Send Their Prayers And Love For The Boy

Hoffmann’s family and friends took to social media to send their prayers and love for the boy

A Gofundme Raised Nearly $300,000, More Than Their Original $250,000 Amount

A Gofundme Raised Nearly $300,000, More Than Their Original $250,000 Amount

A GoFundMe raised nearly $300,000, more than their original $250,000 amount

The boy’s family set up a GoFundMe that raised nearly $300,000, more than their initial $250,000.

They posted their son’s progress on the site.

“The power of prayer is just amazing. We are all extremely humbled by everyone’s support and prayers,” the statement read.

“Thank you for showing us that there is so much good, not just in our community but around the world. Condition is again similar to previous days, another peaceful night’s sleep – small steps towards the healing process. Every new day is a good day.

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