Minneapolis at-home daycare provider accused of attempted murder sentenced to 10 years of probation
Day care owner Nataliia Karia, 43, was sentenced a decade of probation Monday after pleading guilty for trying to kill a toddler in her home
A dad dropping off his son at her facility on Nov 18, 2016, heard a child crying, went to investigate and rescued the 16-month-old who was hanging from a noose in her basement
Karia, a Ukranian transplant, fled her home in a minivan
She also pled guilty to criminal vehicular operation – she hit a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from her home in a minivan
Karia then fled in her minivan, rear-ending a car, shoving that vehicle into another car.
When the driver of the first car, 37-year-old Salvador Lema, got out to check the damage, Karia pulled into traffic and dragged him for 10 blocks.
Further down, her van struck 29-year-old bicyclist Jacob Carrigan. He suffered broken bones and had to have a rod surgically implanted in his leg to spare him amputation.
Karia later struck another car driven by a pregnant woman before pulling over near the Park Avenue overpass above Interstate 94, where she threatened to jump.
Passersby held her down until police could take her into custody.
She went on to plead guilty to criminal vehicular operation. Karia admitted before Hennepin County District Judge Jay Quam to third-degree assault for the vehicular infractions
She was taken into custody when police found her preparing to jump off a highway overpass.
Judge Jay Quam agreed with the assessment by doctors that Karia was “a low risk” to reoffend. He called her actions “the perfect storm of factors unlikely to ever be repeated.”