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Two 12-year-olds shoved a Target shopping cart over a railing at East Harlem Plaza this past Sunday, hitting an Upper West Side real estate agent four stories below. Marion Salmon Hedges remains in critical condition at Harlem Hospital, while the boys have been arrested and charged with assault as juveniles in Family Court.
According to the Post, Hedges was at the mall with her 13-year-old son to buy Halloween candy for underprivileged kids. The two were standing outside Costco paying at the parking kiosk when the suspects started pushing the cart, which initially stuck on the railing. Ignoring the advice of an older friend who told them to stop, the kids shoved the cart free, sending it down onto Hedges, who collapsed in a pool of blood.
DNAinfo reports that this wasn't the first time the two got into trouble that day:
Susan Mahoney, whose husband Gaurav Patel was the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital resident who helped revive Hedges, said a Costco employee at the scene was upset because an earlier call made to Target about the boys throwing Slurpees onto customers was ignored.
"Target security told her they did not handle anything outside of their door," said Mahoney.A spokesperson for East River Plaza told the site that he hadn't heard of any prior complaints. Still, since the incident, Target has added extra security.
· Tossed cart hit philanthropist [New York Post]
· East River Plaza Boosts Security After Shopping Cart Was Dropped on Woman [DNAinfo]