Boy thrown from MOA balcony 'shows no evidence of brain damage', says Pastor

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The five-year-old boy who made national headlines after he was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota is showing no signs of brain damage, according to the pastor of family's church.

WCCO in Minneapolis reported Pastor Mac Hammond was informed by the boy's grandfather of the good news following a five-hour MRI.

The pastor added one of the boy's physcians described his recovery as "truly a miracle."

Friends of the family started a crowdfunding effort to help with medical bills.

The man facing one count of attempted premeditated first-degree murder, Emmanuel Aranda, made his first court appearance last week.

“This crime has shocked the community,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. “That a child, with his mother, at a safe public area like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling for everyone.”

Hammond also said the boy did not suffer life-threatening internal injuries, and that one doctor compared his injuries to falling off a bike instead of a third-floor balcony.