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.