Day Care Owner Charged with Attempted Murder Pleads Not Guilty in Case Where Child Found Hanging

Nataliia Karia Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Nataliia Karia

June 07, 2017 03:54 PM

The owner of an in-home day care facing attempted murder, assault and criminal vehicular operation charges in connection with an incident last November when a 16-month old child was found hanging from the basement ceiling of her home has pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Nataliia Karia of Minneapolis entered her pleas in Hennepin County District Court Wednesday. She is being charged with second-degree attempted murder, third-degree assault of a victim under four and two counts of criminal vehicular operation.

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According to the criminal complaint, a man was dropping of his 3-year-old son at the day care on the 2700 block of Humboldt Avenue South on Nov. 18 when Karia told him she “couldn’t take it anymore” and brought him to the basement.

There, he heard a baby crying and saw the 16-month-old boy hanging from a noose. The man rescued the child and left the day care. The man then called his wife, who called police and drove to Karia’s house to care for the other children until officers arrived, according to the complaint.

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Karia allegedly fled the scene in her minivan. Police say she rear-ended a car on West 28th Street at Grand Avenue, which pushed the car into another in front of it. The driver of the first car got out of the vehicle to check for damage, and Karia reportedly pulled into traffic and hit him, dragging him for 10 blocks, according to the criminal complaint. 

The pedestrian, Salvador Lema, suffered a broken ankle, broken ribs and multiple cuts. She was then reported to have hit a bicyclist at West 28th Street and Park Avenue. Jacob Carrigan suffered what was reported as a "severely-broken” leg. 

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Several minutes later, police were called about a person on Park Avenue South over the Interstate 94 overpass who was trying to jump. Bystanders were holding the woman down until police arrived. Once officers got to the scene they helped keep the woman from going over the edge of the overpass, police said.

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