Friends of the families of the two 12-year-old boys accused of dropping a Target shopping cart four stories onto a 47-year-old Upper West Side woman Sunday insist that they are both "good kids." Meanwhile the woman, Prudential Douglas Elliman broker and mother of two Marion Salmon Hedges, remains in a medically induced coma at Harlem Hospital. "It’s in God’s hands," her father-in-law told reporters yesterday. "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."
"I’m beyond shocked," he said, when reporters told him the boys’ ages. “They should throw the book at them.”
Hedges was struck by the cart while picking up candy from Costco with her 13-year-old son—they planned to hand out the sweets to trick-or-treaters at their Upper West Side home as well as at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center where she volunteered. Hedges's husband, Michael Hedges, has been working for Merrill Lynch in Spain and is reportedly en route to return to the states. They also have a 14-year-old daughter.
Her alleged assailants, who live in nearby public housing (and whose names the Post published), were turned over to the Administration for Children's Services yesterday after a Family Court hearing where they were each charged with assault in the first degree. According to an employee at the neighboring Costco, before they were throwing shopping carts, they had been tossing Slurpees onto customers—and Target security ignored them (Target says this was the first they'd heard of it). While both were accompanied to court by their mothers and other family members, the Daily News makes a point to emphasize, "Neither of their dads were at the hearing."
Finally, the East Harlem walkway from which the boys allegedly tossed the cart saw some seriously beefed up security yesterday. Though it seems that kids have been tossing stuff off the edge for some time now, this incident was one item too many. "It's ridiculous you can't even shop in the mall anymore," shopper Nelson Rosa told DNAinfo.