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The family of the 5-year-old boy who was thrown off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America earlier this month won’t comment on a pastor’s statement that the child miraculously showed “zero evidence” of a brain injury.

Stephen Tillett, an attorney for relatives of Landen Hoffman, said during a news conference Tuesday he was not authorized to confirm or deny comments made by Pastor Mac Hammond in a video posted to Facebook, the Star Tribune reported.

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Hammond, pastor of the Living World Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, Minn., where the boy’s grandparents attend services, said the boy’s grandfather told him an MRI indicated no brain damage, spinal cord injury, nerve damage or other life-threatening internal injuries.

Landen Hoffman, the 5-year-old boy who was thrown nearly 40 feet from the third story balcony at the Mall of America, is said to be making a miraculous recovery.

Landen Hoffman, the 5-year-old boy who was thrown nearly 40 feet from the third story balcony at the Mall of America, is said to be making a miraculous recovery. (Christian Broadcasting Service)

According to Hammond, the grandfather told him one of the attending physicians said, “This is truly a miracle. It’s like he fell off a bicycle instead of off the third floor of the mall.”

Tillitt said he couldn’t confirm or deny Hammond’s comments, as it would invade the Hoffmans’ privacy, but he clarified that the bicycle remark referred to the boy’s facial injuries, not his overall condition.

MINNESOTA TODDLER TOSSED FROM BALCONY HAVING MIRACULOUS RECOVERY, PASTOR SAYS

“The family is in a position where any comment to confirm or deny would be intruding on the realm of the privacy they want,” Tillitt said. “To start going into details of any kind, confirming or denying, means that the privacy has been intruded upon.

“This is a young child whose health is now becoming public, and the family realizes that what’s public today will be public in 20 years.”

This undated photo provided by the Bloomington, Minn., Police Department, shows Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who was arrested in connection with an incident at the Mall of America where a 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday, April 12, 2019, after being pushed or thrown from a balcony. 

This undated photo provided by the Bloomington, Minn., Police Department, shows Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who was arrested in connection with an incident at the Mall of America where a 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday, April 12, 2019, after being pushed or thrown from a balcony.  (Bloomington Police Department via AP)

Landen remains under sedation in intensive care, with more testing to come, Tillitt said.

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A GoFundMe page created by a friend of the Hoffman family has raised nearly $1 million for Landen’s healing process.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, has been charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder for the April 12 incident. He is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Hennepin County Jail.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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The 5-year-old boy who was thrown off a balcony inside Mall of America earlier this month is making a miraculous recovery and an MRI scan show that his injuries are similar to that of a child who fell off his bike, not someone who fell 40 feet, the family’s pastor said.

Landen Hoffman underwent a five-hour long MRI scan and doctors determined that his injuries were not as serious as they once feared, Mac Hammond, a pastor from the family’s church, said on Easter Sunday, according to KARE.

R. Stephen Tillitt, an attorney who represents the family, told The Associated Press he couldn’t confirm or deny that information as if would invade the Hoffmans’ privacy.

The story made national headlines. Landen and his mother were standing outside a restaurant when police said they were approached by a man who threw the boy over the railing.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, faces attempted murder charges, WQAD reported.

MAN ACCUSED OF TOSSING BOY FROM MALL OF AMERICA BALCONY FACES JUDGE

Landen Hoffman, the 5-year-old boy who was thrown nearly 40 feet from the third story balcony at the Mall of America, is said to be making a miraculous recovery.

Landen Hoffman, the 5-year-old boy who was thrown nearly 40 feet from the third story balcony at the Mall of America, is said to be making a miraculous recovery. (Christian Broadcasting Service)

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After years of visiting the mall trying to pick up women, Aranda allegedly told police the constant rejection made him lash out, WQAD reported.

A GoFundMe page created by a family friend raised almost $1 million for Landen’s healing process.

“Doctors said they found no brain damage…not even any swelling,” Hammond said. “No spinal damage, no nerve damage … doctors are saying it is truly a miracle.”

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The Minnesota man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America was ordered held on $2 million bail following an initial court appearance Tuesday.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, said little during the hearing in a courtroom at the Hennepin County jail. He gave his name and address when prompted by Judge Jeannice Reding and answered “not at all” when the judge asked if he had any questions.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the address given to the judge by Aranda matched the site of a Minneapolis shelter.

Emmanuel Aranda, left, appears before a judge at the Hennepin County jail Tuesday.

Emmanuel Aranda, left, appears before a judge at the Hennepin County jail Tuesday. (CEDRIC HOHNSTADT   )

Aranda is charged with first-degree attempted premeditated murder in the incident, which took place on Friday morning. The boy, identified only as Landen, remains in critical condition at a local hospital. A GoFundMe to help cover the family’s medical costs had raised more than $700,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

“The family appreciates the outpouring of support from across the country, reassuring them of the overall goodness of humanity and of God’s will,” attorney Stephen Tillitt told reporters in a prepared statement outside the jail.

Prosecutors say Aranda told police officers that he had gone to the mall the prior day “looking for someone to kill,” but it did not “work out.” Court documents claim Aranda said he originally planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead.

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Aranda has two past convictions for assaults at the mall, both in 2015, including one in which he threw a glass of water and glass of tea at a woman who refused to buy him something. Aranda at one point was banned from the mall.

Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after the earlier mall assaults. The Star-Tribune reported that Aranda was previously convicted of first-degree property damage and was also arrested on charges of assault and theft in Illinois.

The paper also reported that Aranda told police that he “has some anger issues” after he was arrested for allegedly smashing computers at a Minneapolis public library.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A Minnesota man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America last week told police that he was “looking for someone to kill,” prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, was charged Monday with first-degree attempted premeditated murder in the Friday morning incident. The boy, who fell almost 40 feet, remained in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones.

According to court documents, the victim’s mother said she, a friend, her son, and a friend’s child were standing outside the Rainforest Cafe when Aranda came up very close to their group. The victim’s mother said she asked Aranda if they were in his way and should move. At that point, the suspect picked up the child without warning and threw him off the balcony.

Emmanuel Aranda was arrested in connection with an incident at the Mall of America. (Bloomington Police Department via AP)

Emmanuel Aranda was arrested in connection with an incident at the Mall of America. (Bloomington Police Department via AP)

Police caught Aranda on a light rail train at the mall waiting for it to leave. They said he admitted throwing the child from the balcony and said he had come to the mall a day earlier seeking to kill someone but it did not “work out.” Aranda originally said he planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead, the complaint said.

Aranda told officers that he had been coming to the mall for several years and made repeated attempts to talk to women, but had been rejected, investigators said. The complaint added that the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive.

Aranda has two past convictions for assaults at the mall, both in 2015, including one in which he threw a glass of water and glass of tea at a woman who refused to buy him something. Aranda at one point was banned from the mall.

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Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after the earlier mall assaults.

A GoFundMe set up for the victim, identified only as Landen, had raised close to $600,000 as of Monday afternoon. An update posted Sunday by page creator Noah Hanneman Sunday said the boy had “a peaceful sleep and is still continuing to fight his courageous battle.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A man has been charged with attempted homicide in Friday’s unprovoked attack at the Mall of America in Minneapolis that left a 5-year-old boy with life-threatening injuries.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, has a history of mental health problems and had twice been banned from the mall, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Saturday.

The boy fell three floors after being pushed or thrown over a railing, according to Bloomington cops. The child and Aranda were strangers, they said.

Brian Johnson told a local news outlet he heard the boy’s mother scream, “Everybody pray, everybody pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge.”

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The boy was initially reported as not breathing, but is being treated at a hospital but there was no immediate word on his condition.

Aranda was arrested in the mall transit station after trying to flee, the paper reported.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER 5-YEAR-OLD BOY THROWN FROM THIRD FLOOR AT MALL OF AMERICA

Aranda was banned from the mall for a year after he was seen throwing items from the third floor to the first floor in July 2015, Fox 9 Minneapolis reported.

He violated the ban in October 2015 when he was arrested for throwing a drinking a glass at woman at a restaurant, the station reported. He was banned again from the mall until December 2017.

Aranda was panhandling at the time, according to the Star-Tribune. He was ordered to get a mental health evaluation as part of his sentence in that case.

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The Mall of America issued a statement Friday: “This was a senseless act and words cannot truly express our profound shock and sadness.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A suspect has been arrested after a five-year-old boy was reportedly thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota.

Police rushed to the scene in Bloomington after witnesses called, reporting a woman was screaming her child had been thrown over a balcony around 10 a.m., local time.

One man told the New York Daily News he saw the immediate aftermath of the incident and that the child was laying “motionless…in a pool of blood.”

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In a press conference outside the mall, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said that authorities arrested a 24-year-old man they believe threw or pushed the boy and that he does not appear to have any connection to the boy or his mother.

“Our officers initially responded and performed first aid on the child along with some other witnesses and passersby,” Potts said. “The child did suffer significant injuries.”

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The boy was taken to Children’s Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis with his mother, but his condition, at this point, is not known.

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The body camera footage showing the death of Justine Damond, the woman who was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer, also showed officers’ vain attempts to save her life.

The chaotic footage was played in court Thursday and showed the unsuccessful efforts to save the 40-year-old woman, who was shot minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape near her home. Damond was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who had taken her fiance’s last name ahead of their wedding, which was scheduled to happen a month after her July 2017 death.

Former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor stands trial on murder and manslaughter charges. He was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after being charged in her death.

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, is accompanied by his attorneys Peter Wold, not pictured, and Thomas Plunkett, right, as he walks towards the Hennepin County Government Center for opening arguments of his trial Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, is accompanied by his attorneys Peter Wold, not pictured, and Thomas Plunkett, right, as he walks towards the Hennepin County Government Center for opening arguments of his trial Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP)

When the body camera footage was played, Damond’s fiancé Don declined to watch. Others members of her family also left the courtroom, FOX9 reported.

The Australian Associated Press reported Minneapolis Judge Kathryn Quaintance barred the media and public from seeing the body camera footage at first but the restriction was lifted after media organizations argued the decision.

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“The footage on these [body-worn cameras] shows the last moments of human life and the struggles of police and medical personnel to save that life,” Quaintance wrote in a memo, according to the Australian Associated Press. “These moments are well outside the personal experience of most people. Most lay people are not well equipped to take in such visceral and shocking material.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that one officer’s body camera showed Noor and his partner taking turns performing CPR on Damond before firefighters arrived. Another body camera video showed Noor being taken to a supervisor squad. Officer Mark Ringgenberg testified Noor kept asking if Damond was OK.

In this Aug. 11, 2017, file photo, Johanna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Ruszczyk Damond at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.

In this Aug. 11, 2017, file photo, Johanna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Ruszczyk Damond at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. (AP)

“I just told [Noor] not to say anything,” Ringgenberg said. “I don’t remember specifics.”

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Defense attorneys have said Noor was reacting to a loud noise and feared an ambush. Prosecutors have argued there was no evidence Noor faced a threat that justified the use of deadly force.

The head of the city’s police homicide unit, Lt. Richard Zimmerman, testified Thursday that lighting in the alley was bright enough that he could see the officers clearly when he arrived. Defense attorneys have contended that lighting conditions were poor the night Damond was shot.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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It may be April but winter’s icy grip remains firm across the central U.S., where a potential blockbuster storm is set to bring an onslaught of heavy snow and blizzard conditions through Friday.

Blizzard warnings are now in effect in 6 states, stretching from Colorado all the way up to Minnesota, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.

“This actually could be a historic storm for folks across these areas,” Dean said Wednesday on “FOX & friends.”

“We could see 6 to 12, to 24 inches of snow, winds in excess of 35, even 50 mph,” Dean added. “Travel is going to be impossible in some of these areas.”

‘SIGNIFICANT’ WINTER STORM THREATENS BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ACROSS CENTRAL US

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said the storm system will move over the Rockies and into the Northern Plains by Wednesday night, bringing heavy and wet snow to the region.

Up to 2 feet of snow is possible in some spots across the Central U.S. from the major storm system.

Up to 2 feet of snow is possible in some spots across the Central U.S. from the major storm system. (Fox News)

“A swath of 1 to 2 feet of snow is forecast for the Central/Northern Plains and into Western Minnesota through Thursday evening, with locally higher amounts,” the NWS said.

Blizzard warning stretch across 6 states.

Blizzard warning stretch across 6 states. (Fox News)

The highest amount of snow is expected to fall across South Dakota, but the combination of snow and strong winds throughout the region will make traffic “difficult to impossible” as visibility drops to “near zero.”

There is also the potential for sleet and freezing rain with accumulating ice near the border of Iowa and Minnesota, which may lead to power outages and dangerous travel.

2019 HURRICANE SEASON WILL BE ‘SLIGHTLY BELOW-AVERAGE,’ RESEARCHERS SAY

The storm could be similar to last month’s “bomb cyclone” — an unusual weather phenomenon in which air pressure plummets at least 24 millibars in 24 hours and a storm strengthens explosively — that created devastating flooding across the Midwest.

While this latest storm may not intensify fast enough to that category, Colorado State Climatologist Russ Schumacher told the Associated Press it “will be near record intensity for April for this area.”

Besides heavy snow, there is the potential for severe thunderstorms in warmer areas across the Midwest, according to Dean.

Warm temperatures south of the massive blizzard may bring the threat of severe weather to the Midwest.

Warm temperatures south of the massive blizzard may bring the threat of severe weather to the Midwest. (Fox News)

The storm is also renewing fears of flooding to a part of the country where massive flooding over the past month has caused billions of dollars in damage.

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Nebraska is not expecting a repeat of the catastrophic flooding it experienced last month because the ground is no longer frozen and ice has melted from the rivers, though there might be localized flooding across the state, according to weather service meteorologist Van DeWald in Omaha. The biggest threat will remain along the already swollen Missouri River, he said.

The worst of the snow is expected late Wednesday into Thursday.

The worst of the snow is expected late Wednesday into Thursday. (Fox News)

“It’s really just going to exacerbate that flooding and prolong it,” he said. “We’re probably looking at that surge hitting those Missouri River areas in Nebraska and Iowa three to five days after the storm.”

In northwest Missouri’s Holt County, where the raging Missouri River ravaged roads and highways, Emergency Management Director Tom Bullock is urging residents to be prepared to get out if another surge of water arrives after this week’s storm.

“We don’t have any protection,” he told the AP. “Our levees are all broke.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Even though spring may have sprung across much of the country, a major late-season winter storm is threatening to bring blizzard conditions to the Central U.S. — and the storm’s impact could be felt nationwide.

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said Tuesday the developing “significant” storm system will first bring snow over the Cascades before spreading over the Northern Rockies into the Upper Midwest by midweek.

“A blizzard my friends, in April, it’s happening across portions of South Dakota up towards Nebraska and then into Wisconsin,” Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said on “FOX & friends.” “We could see over a foot of snow and windy conditions and the potential for flooding ahead of this, some ice as well.”

2019 HURRICANE SEASON WILL BE ‘SLIGHTLY BELOW-AVERAGE,’ RESEARCHERS SAY

Heavy snow and strong winds are forecast to produce “life-threatening” travel conditions across the region starting Wednesday, according to the WPC. Blizzard conditions are expected as winds intensify late Tuesday into Wednesday.

Winter storm and blizzard warnings stretch across the Central U.S. from a late-season winter storm.

Winter storm and blizzard warnings stretch across the Central U.S. from a late-season winter storm. (Fox News)

“The heavy wet snow may also lead to power outages,” the NWS said.

Besides heavy snow, rain will stretch across parts of the central U.S. that are still dealing with river flooding, including Iowa and Illinois. There is also the threat of severe weather for the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys through Thursday.

Up to 2 feet of snow is forecast from the late-season winter storm across the Central U.S., in addition to heavy rain.

Up to 2 feet of snow is forecast from the late-season winter storm across the Central U.S., in addition to heavy rain. (Fox News)

The intense storm system may affect up to 200 million Americans by the end of the week, according to AccuWeather.

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Blizzard warnings stretch from Nebraska to western Minnesota, where up to 2 feet of “very heavy and wet” snow may fall.

“A potentially historic winter storm will bring severe impacts Wednesday night into early Friday, similar to the one last April,” the NWS Twin Cities office said on Twitter.

“This may not be your typical blizzard with dry, powdery snow for the Plains and Upper Midwest,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. “But, this may be more of a plastering effect with heavy, wet snow that is difficult to shovel and plow.”

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Heavy snow may also impact the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, which is also forecast to see rain before the changeover to frozen precipitation.

“If the mix doesn`t reach as far north as the Twin Cities, then perhaps the metro could experience blizzard conditions as well — similar to what happened last year,” the NWS office said.

After impacting the Central U.S., the storm system is forecast to eventually bring rain to the Northeast by the end of the week.

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A large sculpture stolen from an Army veteran’s home in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, is leading to a big search for the thief caught on camera.

“What makes this case so unique: the owner of the sculpture is an Army Vet with a strong emotional attachment to the item. It represents his time of service to our country, and the statue was a gift from his children,” officials of the Coon Rapids Police Department wrote.

The statue, valued at $1,300, is about 7’ tall, with an “MK ‘08” carved into the base, along with a brass plate on the base with the artist’s name, Mark Kurtz.

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It was stolen from the vet’s home, and the suspect, police said, appears to be a white male possibly wearing a dark, long wig and gloves.

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Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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