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Daycare provider charged after hanging toddler from noose

Natalia Karia (Photo Source: Hennepin County Jail)

Natalia Karia (Photo Source: Hennepin County Jail)

When a parent leaves their child at daycare, they pray that it is a safe place. For one family in Minneapolis, Minnesota their worst nightmare came true after their child was found hanging by a noose in the basement of a caretaker’s home. Police are stating that Natalia Karia, 42, is responsible for the crime and a wild police chase afterward. According to police, an unidentified man was dropping off his child at the home daycare when he noticed that Karia was acting strangely. She allegedly stated to him that “she had done something bad” and  that “she couldn’t take it anymore” and to “look at what she did … ”

He heard a child screaming and crying from the basement and he rushed inside to find a boy, age 16-months-old, hanging from a noose. He grabbed the child, fled the home and called the police.

It was then that Karia fled the scene in her minivan before police arrived. While police engaged in a pursuit, she hit a pedestrian and a bicyclist in her escape attempt, causing serious injuries to both. She the traveled towards a bridge near the I-95 overpass, exited the minivan and tried to jump from the bridge. Witnesses of the incident at the scene were able to subdue her until police arrived. She was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for observation and is currently still in medical custody. Police have charged Karia with attempted murder, and 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. Prosecutors plan to set bail at $2M. Fortunately, the toddler she attempted to hang is recovering from his ordeal.