Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Teens Charged For Tossing Shopping Cart From 4th Floor Knocking Woman Unconscious

The Manhattan mom critically injured by a shopping cart tossed from the fourth-floor walkway of an East Harlem mall was devoted to kids like the two 12-year-olds charged yesterday with the senseless crime.
   Marion Salmon Hedges was hurt just moments after buying bags of candy that she had planned to hand out last night to trick-or-treaters on her Upper West Side — and across town at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center on E. 93rd St., where she volunteered.
Instead, the 47-year-old mother of two was at Harlem Hospital on Halloween night, unconscious and barely clinging to life.
“It’s in God’s hands,” the victim’s father-in-law, Michael Hedges, said through his tears. “You see her laying there, unconscious in the bed, with 50,000 tubes in her. She has absolutely no recognition, not even a glimmer of anything."
Over at the neighborhood center, executive director Wanda Wooten said Hedges was a dynamo fundraiser who also belonged to the Junior League and was active in her church.
“She’s a terrific member,” said Wooten, who said she went shoe-shopping with Hedges on Friday. “We were talking about the impending snowstorm. It’s all the more shocking. You can't believe this happened.”
The 12-year-olds, whose names are being withheld by The News because of their age, are from the neighborhood served by the center.
Both were turned over to the Administration for Children’s Services after a Family Court hearing where they were each charged with assault in the first degree.
One of the boys was accompanied in court by his mother and a paternal uncle.
The second was with his mother and an older brother. Neither of their dads were at the hearing.

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