Boy in NYC shopping cart case had 6 suspensions

By JENNIFER PELTZ | December 7, 2011 | 7:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge says a 12-year-old boy accused of pushing a shopping cart onto a woman from four stories up at a New York City mall had racked up a half-dozen school suspensions, some for fighting and stealing.

The Manhattan Family Court judge also said Wednesday that authorities had at times been called to investigate allegations that the boy was kept home from school to help with housework.

His lawyer says the boy hasn't been suspended for 2½ years. The attorney says the neglect allegations weren't deemed serious enough to warrant removing the boy from his home.

The boy and a now 13-year-old friend have pleaded guilty to assault in the Oct. 30 shopping cart episode.

They're charged as juveniles. Their sentencing hearings are due to continue later this month.