Minneapolis woman who hanged child, struck 2 with minivan 'couldn't take it anymore,' charges say

A Minneapolis in-home day care provider was charged Tuesday with attempted murder for allegedly hanging a toddler from her basement ceiling last week.


A Minneapolis in-home day care provider was charged Tuesday with attempted murder for allegedly hanging a toddler from her basement ceiling last week.

Nataliia Karia, 42, was also charged with one count of assault for other injuries to the 16-month-old boy, and two counts of criminal vehicular operation for hitting a pedestrian and a bicyclist with her minivan as she drove away from the scene, according to the criminal complaint.

Karia remains hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center. Prosecutors plan to seek bail of $2 million.

The boy was discovered about 9:30 a.m. Friday by a man who was dropping his own child off at the day care in the 2700 block of Humboldt Avenue South in the Uptown neighborhood. Karia told the man "she couldn't take it anymore" and to "look at what she did," the charges say. The man told police he walked to the top of the basement stairs, where he heard a baby crying.

"He went down the stairs and saw the baby hanging in the air from a noose attached to the ceiling," the charges say. "He stated the noose was wrapped around the baby's neck and the baby's face was discolored."


After freeing the child from the noose -- fashioned from two pairs of child-size tights tied to a pipe -- the man went outside and called his wife. His wife called 911 and went to the day care to look after the other children until police arrived.

Meanwhile, Karia fled the house in her minivan, driving east on 28th Street about 12 blocks before crashing into two other vehicles that were stopped at a red light, charges say. Karia backed up and drove around those vehicles, striking one of the other drivers who had gotten out of his vehicle to inspect it for damage.

Karia dragged the other driver with her minivan for more than 10 blocks as she continued east on 28th Street to Park Avenue, where she also hit a bicyclist, charges say. She then turned onto Park and drove north to 18th Street, where she was finally stopped when another motorist drove her vehicle in front of Karia's minivan.

Karia tried to jump off the overpass onto Interstate 94, but she was restrained by several bystanders until police arrived, charges say.

The bicyclist and the other driver were transported to HCMC with broken bones and abrasions, and the 16-month-old boy was treated in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit.

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