Mpls. Day Care Owner Charged with Attempted Murder after Child Found Hanging from Ceiling

February 15, 2018 04:49 PM

The owner of an in-home day care center has been charged with attempted murder after a child was found hanging from the basement ceiling of her home.

Forty-two-year-old Nataliia Karia of Minneapolis has been charged with second-degree attempted murder, third-degree assault and two counts of criminal vehicular operation in connection to the events that took place Friday, Nov. 18.


READ: MPD: Woman Arrested after Attempting to Hang Child at Mpls. Day Care

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 that morning when Karia told him she “couldn’t take it anymore” and told him to come see what she had done.

The man said Karia led him to the basement, where he heard a baby crying and saw the 16-month-old boy hanging from a noose. The man rescued the child and fled out of the day care.

Police say the boy had severe ligature marks on his neck and face.

READ: Documents Reveal How Boy Survived Attempted Hanging in Minneapolis

The man then called his wife, who called police and drove to Karia’s house to care for the other children until police arrived, according to the complaint.

Karia 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 the other car in front of it.

The driver of the first car got out of the vehicle to check for damage, and Karia pulled into traffic and hit him, dragging him for 10 blocks, according to the criminal complaint. The pedestrian, Salvador Lema, a father of four,  had a broken ankle, broken ribs and multiple cuts.  He remains in the hospital.

She then hit a bicyclist at West 28th Street and Park Avenue. 29 year old Jacob Carrigan suffered a “severely-broken” leg.  Doctors had to put a titanium rod in it permanently.  He's out of the hospital and recovering at his family's home in Brooklyn Center.  

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

As of Tuesday night, Karia was still in the hospital.  When she's released, she'll be arrested and booked into jail.  Bail is pending at $2 million.

With four felony charges now filed against her, the bicyclist, said he's coming to terms with the fact that last Friday was more than a hit and run.  Carrigan believes the charges accurately reflect what happened.  And while he doesn't know Karia, he'd like to understand what caused her to act out.  Carrigan was thoughtful and as concerned with everyone else's recovery as much as his own, "everything that's happened makes my injuries seem insignificant."

He expects it'll be about two months before he's comfortably walking again, even longer before he returns to work.


Jennie Lissarrague & Beth McDonough

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