2 boys arrested in thrown basket incident – ​​NBC New York

A 47-year-old Manhattan mother is fighting for her life in Harlem Hospital, two days after she was hit by a shopping cart that was thrown four stories above her at the East River Plaza mall in East Harlem.

The 12-year-old boys accused of throwing the shopping cart were arrested on Tuesday and charged with juvenile assault.

Police say the boys were playing in the mall’s fourth-floor driveway when they decided to push shopping carts against the railing. One of the carts fell four floors down on Marion Salmon Hedges, who was at the mall buying Halloween candy with her teenage son.

The hedges remain in critical condition.

“She’s somebody’s mother, somebody’s daughter,” client Monique Johnson said. “Whoever did this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.”

Hedges, a married real estate agent who lives on the Upper West Side with her two teenage children, is known for her charitable work: she is a board member of the Samuel M. Isaacs Community Center and has a particular interest in programs for youth.

Director Wanda Wooton told NBC New York that the situation was “unbelievable”, “especially because it happened to Marion who is so generous and wonderful”.

“It’s horrible,” said Angelica Gonzalez, a client whose friend saw the aftermath of the incident. “It’s horrible what these kids are doing.”

The pranksters were charged in family court with assault when they were minors. Both live in East Harlem and neither of their families has released a statement to NBC New York.

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Peggy P. Gilmore