Woman who tried to hang toddler won't go to prison

She gets ten years probation, ordered mental health treatment

July 16, 2018 - 7:10 am

A Minneapolis woman who pleaded guilty to trying to hang a toddler at her daycare is not going to prison.

43-year-old Nataliia Karia, who faced up to 15 years in prison, was sentenced Monday to ten years probation.

Hennepin County District Judge Jay Quam also ordered mental health treatment for Karia, along with electronic home monitoring for two years.

During the hearing, Judge Quam said Karia was not likely to repeat what happened during the November 18, 2016 incident in her home in the 2700 block of Humboldt Avenue South.

Reading a statement in court, Karia became emotional, expressing relief that nobody died while promising to follow terms of her probation.

Karia immigrated from Ukraine and she spoke through an interpreter.

Karia apologized to the victims and told the judge she was suffering from severe mental illness due to an abusive, controlling husband.  

Her own three children remain in protective custody.

The 16-month-old boy who was found hanging survived when a parent dropping off another child showed up and made the rescue.

Karia fled in her minivan, the vehicle pushing a car into another vehicle. The driver of the first car was dragged ten blocks by Karia's van, which eventually hit a bicyclist.

Karia then rammed her van into another car, which was driven by a pregnant woman, and eventually got out of her van and threatened to jump from the Park Avenue overpass onto Interstate 94.

Police were able to take Karia into custody after several people were able to hold her down.

Two people were hurt during the rampage.

Karia is expected to be released from custody on Tuesday.