One parent nearly came face to face with their worst nightmare after a daycare owner told them she couldn't take it anymore and to come see what she had done.
Nataliia Karia, 43, told a father who dropped off his son at her Minneapolis, Minnesota daycare that she had enough. The parent followed Karia and says he heard crying, as the pair went downstairs he saw a toddler hanging from a noose.
The father released the child from the noose and fled with the boy, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Karia then tried to escape in a gold Toyota Sienna minivan and ran over a driver and hit a bicyclist in the process.
The driver reportedly got out of his own vehicle to inspect it after Karia had rear-ended him. She then ran him over and dragged him for 10 blocks before trying to jump from the overpass, according to the Pioneer Press. Passerby's stopped Karia from jumping until authorities arrived.
The hanging took place in 2016 and the 16-month-old boy survived his brush with death. Karia pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to kill the child, hitting the two people as she fled the scene and other offenses.
She told the court Thursday she didn't quite remember what happened that morning but prosecutors reminded her that she said she'd taken the toddler with her to the basement to look for tights for her daughter.
She said she recalled hearing chocking sounds after hanging him from a noose made out of those tights. A Russian interpreter speaking for Karia told the court she had been struggling with mental health issues in the weeks leading up to the incident.
Karia is facing up to 15 years behind bars.
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