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MOA and family of boy thrown from balcony reach lawsuit settlement


The family of a 5-year-old boy thrown off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in 2019 announced on Monday that they have settled their lawsuit against the mall alleging security failed to thoroughly investigate the attacker. their son when he had shown suspicious activity the day before.

Minneapolis law firm Briol and Benson shared in a press release that the mall and the family “have agreed to work together with a focus on safety, and are already jointly pursuing policy changes at the boundaries of existing intrusions for violent criminals to provide greater ability to prevent MOA and the family will request that any resulting changes be named in honor of the young boy “known publicly as Landen.”

His family filed a lawsuit in 2021, alleging mall security was negligent in failing to arrest Emmanuel Aranda, who had a documented history of violent and aggressive activity and was banned for two years. taken from the MOA.

The day before the attack – which shocked the community and made national headlines – Aranda posted suspicious activity to the MOA. He was at the mall for over two hours, mostly spent near the third floor balcony and at one point a mall security guard spoke to Aranda as he stood on the balcony and looked over the railing, according to the lawsuit.

Security never checked his name to see that he had two prior MOA bans, and he returned the next morning, when Landon’s mother brought him to the MOA after parent-teacher conferences. Aranda “prowled the third floor unrestrained until he snatched [the boy] and threw him over the balcony railing,” according to the lawsuit.

Landon suffered serious injuries that caused his memory, coping skills and academic performance to deteriorate. But on Monday, lawyers for the family said his “recovery was nothing short of miraculous and the focus remains on his health and well-being, which includes privacy during this time.”

Aranda, 26, pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder and is serving a 19-year prison sentence. He is expected to be released in 2031.

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