The mother of a boy who was brutally thrown from a Mall of America balcony had emotional memories of Wednesday’s horrific attack – crediting his miraculous survival to “angels”.
Kari Hoffman described witnessing the horrific incident in April 2019 when a 24-year-old random attacker, Emmanuel Aranda, threw his son Landon from a third-floor balcony at a popular mall in Bloomington, Minnesota.
He said he saw his then-5-year-old son and one of his friends talking to the boys after a parent-teacher conference as a gift. took to the center.
“We were looking at the alligator at the Rainforest Cafe when a stranger came up and whispered to these two boys. And I thought he would like this alligator for them,” Hoffman said “Good morning America.”
“He pulled out [Landen] and ran. And I froze… It happened so fast. “No!” I shouted. after it has already been thrown.”
She added: “I don’t even remember running down the escalator, but I was screaming the whole time, ‘No, Landen’s not going to die.'”
As the crowd quickly made their way around the scary scene, Hoffman asked those around to pray.
“I don’t care who’s looking. “If they are looking, I asked them to pray,” he said. “He has a heartbeat. He was breathing. We got into the ambulance and he opened his eyes for a second before they closed the door.
He added: “The angels caught him, there’s no denying that.”
Landon Hoffman, now 8, suffered both broken arms, a broken leg, and a fractured face and skull.
After the horrific incident, he was rushed to the hospital for brain trauma surgery.
Three and a half years after the accidental attack, Hoffman told GMA that “now is the right time in our lives, we’ve done a lot of healing and it’s time to move the story of the Landen miracle forward.”
Aranda, who threw the child over the balcony, pleaded guilty to attempted murder in May 2019. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the attack.
The crazed Minnesota man reportedly barred himself from entering the mall on two other occasions and told police he was “looking for someone to kill” when he threw Landon off the balcony.
Hoffman said he chose to forgive Aranda because “it was a decision you had to make in order for God to do in your life what He was meant to do … and that was to save Landon.”
Last year, the Hoffman family settled a lawsuit with the Mall of America and said they are working together on policy changes that will ensure a similar incident never happens again.