Judge To Rule Next Week In Harlem Shopping Cart Toss

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – On Thursday, family court judge Susan Larabee adjourned the case one last time in the tossing of a shopping cart from a Harlem mall.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Case

She’ll make a ruling next week and is expected to release Giovanni R. from detention and order his placement in a therapeutic foster home.

The plan is that he would go to school and get counseling and supervision and be back out in the community, but not in his old neighborhood.

His mother said she is doing her part in learning how to handle her son’s behavioral problems once he comes home.

“So I be able to, you know, understand more about him than I understood before, but I’m glad, you know, that he getting help,” she said Thursday.

On Oct. 30, prosecutors say the boys, who were both 12 at the time, pushed a shopping cart off the fourth-floor walkway of an East Harlem parking garage.

It landed on 47-year-old Marion Hedges. Her husband, Michael Hedges, said his wife will require months of rehabilitation due to neurological damage.

Charged as juveniles, the boys could get up to 18 months in a juvenile facility with the sentence extended annually until they are 18-years-old.

  • surewewill

    Sorry about the typos, apparently CBS does not allow editing as most comments areas do. Rather odd.

  • surewewill

    After reading about another shopping cart incident in the Bronx which caused serious injuries, I remembered this case and wondered about the sentencing of the boys who were involved.

    Millions of youngsters grow up without hurting other people the way these youngsters did. If these youngsters do not receive some form of “punishment”, they will eventually do it again because they did not suffer any repercussions from this act.

    II am uncertain that a “therapeutic foster home” will solve the problem. I am not even just what it is.

    My opinion.

  • Larry Schwarz

    This is not about race and don’t make it about race.It is about a senseless crime that put a woman in a coma.Race is not an issue,that’s what causes prejudice.Seems like the judge is going to give them a break.I am not certain they deserve it.

  • DanTe

    I don’t blame the monkeys. They’re only doing what monkeys do. I blame the white imbeciles who insists on letting the monkeys roam outside of their natural habitat. You let wild animals roam amongst humans, you’ll always get tragedies like this.




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