Mall of America sues child thrown from balcony

Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis said Monday it will toughen trespassing policies as part of a deal with the family of a child who was seriously injured after a man with a history of mall disturbance hurled the child from a third place. floor balcony.

The boy’s family or the mall did not disclose any additional details about the deal.

The boy, simply named Landen, was 5 years old when Emmanuel Aranda threw him about 12.2 meters (40 feet) into the ground. Aranda, who had been banned from entering the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall twice in previous years, told investigators she was “looking for someone to kill” after she turned down offers from women when she got there. He pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced to 19 years in prison for assaulting Landen.

The family claimed in a lawsuit they filed last year that mall security should have prevented Aranda from “snooping” around the building without an officer following her closely. The lawsuit claimed that the mall and security detail knew about Aranda’s previous “violent, aggressive and erratic” behavior at the mall.

In the joint statement announcing the settlement, the AVM and the family said that they will work together on policy changes to avoid similar incidents.

“Mall of America and her family have agreed to work together with a focus on safety and are jointly pursuing policy changes to provide more opportunities for violent criminals to keep such individuals away from their facilities at current intrusion boundaries,” the statement said. .

The lawsuit sought indefinite compensation. At the time of the lawsuit, a lawyer for the family said the child had already incurred more than $1.7 million in medical expenses. Landen’s parents said on their GoFundMe page in 2019 that Landen underwent more than 15 medical procedures, including two broken arms and a broken leg, facial and skull fractures, and surgeries to remove his spleen.

“The boy’s recovery has been miraculous, and the focus continues on his health and well-being, including privacy, during this time,” Monday’s statement said. young men.”


Trisha Ahmed is a corps member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on confidential issues. Follow him on Twitter.

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