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1st child who survived St. Louis Park pond crash released

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One of the three children who survived a crash off the ramp to Highway 100 and a frigid, 45-minute plunge into a retention pond has been released from the hospital and is now home.

The attorney representing the mother of 5-year-old Amani Coleman-Guerrido confirmed to Fox 9 News that the boy is no longer at HCMC, where two other children involved in the crash remain.

Rick Petry told Fox 9 News that from the family's perspective, having even one child back with his family just 20 days after the crash is a "miracle."

"You think about the amount of time those children were under water, and to have one that's well and out of the hospital this quick is absolutely a miracle," Petry said.

According to Petry, the boy appears to be back to his old self despite the trauma of the crash and the injuries he sustained.

"I had a conversation with him a couple of days ago," Petry recalled. "He had some cars and I said, 'You have a real nice car,' and he said, 'No. I have three cars.' so, he's just as happy as can be. We can converse and it's great to see that guy back up and at 'em."

Petry added that both 1-year-old Aliyana Rennie and her 6-year-old sister, Zarihana, are also progressing well at HCMC.

"She is progressing slowly, but she's still in the hospital," Petry said of Aliyana. "Because of her age, they've progressed her slower just to make sure she has the best chance of recovery."

There were five children in the car, which was driven by the mother of three of those children, at the time of the crash. Zenavia Rennie and Alarious Coleman-Guerrido both died after they were rescued from the submerged Pontiac Grand Am.

Marion Guerrido, 23, was able to escape the car and call for help. The Minnesota State Patrol confirmed she does not have a valid driver's license, only a permit that requires her to drive with a licensed adult.

Several residents who live nearby heard her cries and called 911. One man even jumped into the water and tried to rescue the children, but he could not get to them.

All four school-aged children involved in the crash attended Odyssey Academy in Minneapolis, and Zenavia had been named star of the week in her kindergarten class prior to her death. Petry said, at this time, it's unclear when Amani Coleman-Guerrido may return to class.

Petry said the family has seen a swell of support for the children, and he asked that people continue to keep the survivors in their prayers.

As for donations, a site set up to benefit the family has been temporarily suspended. Petry explained that, because the family is blended, they want to work out a firm agreement as to how the money will be distributed before they accept any more; however, those details should be finalized in a day or two.

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