Family spokesperson: Child who was thrown off MOA balcony remains in intensive care

April 23, 2019 06:36 PM

A family spokesperson says the five-year-old boy who was thrown off the third-story balcony at the Mall of America remains in intensive care and under sedation. 

Stephen Tillitt read the family's statement during a phone conference with media Tuesday afternoon.


"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," the statement read in part.

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Over the past weekend, the pastor of the family's church announced an recent MRI test showed the boy had no brain damage or swelling, no spinal cord injury or serious internal injuries. 

The pastor had also mentioned how a physician working closely with the boy had said the injuries were compared to a bicycle crash rather than falling several stories. Tillitt would not confirm what the pastor said, but stated the comparison only referred to the boy's facial injuries. Tillitt went on to say the family has requested privacy and confirmation or denials of the pastor's comments would go against their wishes of privacy. 

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.

A GoFundMe set up by a family friend has raised nearly $1 million. 

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