Boy Sentenced to Therapeutic-Foster-Home Stay in Shopping-Cart Toss

A judge sent the 12-year-old to the home for six to 16 months.

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012  |  Updated 3:58 PM EDT
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Boy, 12, Sentenced in Shopping-Cart Toss

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A 12-year-old who sent a shopping cart hurtling onto a woman from a fourth-floor New York City mall walkway is being sent to a therapeutic foster home.

A Manhattan Family Court judge sentenced the boy Thursday to at least six and up to 16 months in the residential program. She could later extend his stay.

The boy and a 13-year-old friend have pleaded guilty to assault in the Oct. 30 shopping cart prank. The woman was seriously hurt.
 
City lawyers say the 12-year-old was the one who gave the cart the final shove. Judge Susan Larrabee says he has serious anger and mental health problems.

The 13-year-old was sentenced last month to six to 16 months in a therapy-oriented boarding school.  The 13-year-old later wrote her an apologetic letter, calling his actions stupid. Officials say he had a history of problematic behavior, including trying to run down schoolmates on his bicycle. His mother says she's glad he's getting help.

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