May 23, 2018 12:23 PM
A woman who operated an in-home day care facility in Minneapolis is in court Wednesday for a sentencing hearing in connection with a 2016 incident in which a 16-month-old child was found hanging from the basement ceiling.
In February, Nataliia Karia pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder, third-degree assault and criminal vehicular homicide.
Karia had previously pleaded not guilty to charges in June 2017.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, Karia told a parent dropping his son off at the in-home day care she "couldn't take it anymore" and led the parent to the basement. There, the parent saw the 16-month-old hanging from a noose attached to the ceiling, according to the complaint. The parent freed the 16-month-old and left the day care , calling his wife who then called police .
Karia fled the scene in a minivan and rear-ended a vehicle near the area of West 28th Street and Grand Avenue. The rear-ended vehicle was pushed into the vehicle in front of it. As the driver of that vehicle got out to inspect damage, Karia reportedly hit him with the minivan and dragged him for 10 blocks, the complaint stated.
Karia then reportedly struck a bicyclist in the area of West 28th Street and Park Avenue.
This hearing is a little different than most. She will not be sentenced today.— Kirsten Swanson (@KirstenKSTP) May 23, 2018
Instead, the defense is arguing to have the judge consider a sentence outside of the normal guidelines. They want Karia released on probation. @KSTP
This morning, they put Karia's son, Denys on the stand. He told the court about his mother's history of abusive spouses. He spoke in detail about his mother's state of mind leading up to the Nov. incident, saying she wasn't sleeping and had talked of committing suicide. @KSTP— Kirsten Swanson (@KirstenKSTP) May 23, 2018
Police detained Karia on Park Avenue South over Interstate 94.
The 16-month-old, the driver and the bicyclist all survived.
Wednesday's sentencing began with testimony from two victims of the 2016 crime spree. Both of them struggled at times to deliver their victim impact statements in front of Karia, who listened through an interpreter.
Rear-ended by Karia, the first victim hit the car stopped in front of her at a red light. She said the driver got out of his vehicle to check on her when he was hit by Karia and dragged several blocks.
The victim said the experience left her with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and excruciating pain in her knee and back.
The victim's statement was followed by Jacob Carrigan's testimony. After suffering a broken leg that required a titanium rod, Carrigan said he lost friends, clarity and drive before he found a path toward healing.
"Some people have written me off and some people have met me with kindness and compassion," Carrigan said. "So, here I am in healing, finding my motivation again, learning independence."
Wednesday's hearing was dedicated entirely to testimony. The judge will hand down a sentence to Karia in a later hearing.
Rebecca Omastiak & Tyler Berg
Updated: May 23, 2018 12:23 PM
Created: May 23, 2018 05:56 AM
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