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2 Boys Arrested After Falling Shopping Cart Critically Injures Harlem Woman

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A bizarre incident that left a woman in critical condition in Harlem has resulted in the arrest of two 12-year-old boys.

Marion Salmon Hedges, 47, was walking with her 14-year-old son outside the Target store on East 116th Street in East Harlem Sunday night when the boys allegedly pushed the cart off a 4th floor walkway that connects the store to a parking garage.

Hedges was struck on the head by the falling cart.

"She carries a lot of responsibility with her -- not only for her family and her professional life -- but also for the number of not-for profits that she's involved with," a family friend told CBS 2's Pablo Guzman, adding the woman's son filed a criminal complaint with police Monday morning.

The two boys were arrested and charged with assault, and using the cart as a weapon.

Hedges, a broker at Prudential Douglas Elliman, was at the adjacent Costco buying candy for the Stanley Isaacs Center.

"It would be the kind of thing she would do because she's very generous, she's very caring," said Wanda Wooten, of the center.

Because of the age of those allegedly responsible, the case is being handled by the child welfare agency.

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