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Child thrown from third-floor balcony at MOA showing signs of recovery

Child thrown from third-floor balcony at MOA showing signs of recovery Photo: KSTP

April 19, 2019 02:37 PM

A 5-year-old boy thrown from a third-floor balcony at Mall of America last Friday is showing signs of recovery, a representative for his family says.

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A statement released Friday, and another posted on the family's GoFundMe, said the boy remains in intensive care at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, but recent test results have been encouraging.

"We have good news to share with you on this Good Friday," the statement read. "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."

The statement continued to ask for privacy and said the family feels overwhelming love and support, and expressed gratitude for the support they've received.

The man accused of throwing him from the balcony, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, has been charged with first-degree premeditated attempt to commit murder in Hennepin County. 

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