Woman hangs infant

Woman hangs infant and gets 10 years in prison

Nadiyah Dowery, Staff Reporter

A former Minneapolis day care owner was sentenced Monday to 10 years of probation for trying to kill a toddler in her home by hanging him. Natalia Karia, 43, received her punishment in Hennepin County court after pleading guilty to attempted murder and third-degree assault earlier. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from her home in a minivan in November 2016. Karia abandoned a possible insanity defense before entering the guilty plea, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Karia also must follow court-ordered mental health treatment and will be on electronic home monitoring for at least two months, the Star Tribune reported. She will live with her adult son but cannot have unsupervised contact with her daughters or other minors. According to the criminal complaint, a father was dropping off his son at Karia’s home when Karia led him toward the basement, where he saw the toddler hanging from a noose. He released the child and fled with him. The 16-month-old boy survived. Police reportedly said a week after the incident the child was doing fine physically after a hospitalization  by CBS News.

Karia’s defense attorney Brockton Hunter said Karia, who has spent 20 months in jail since the incident, and will get credit for her time already served, will leave jail no later than Tuesday. Karia promised to follow probation, and said in court she was glad no one died. Her attorney said Karia’s actions were “aggravated, if not wholly caused, by abuse (from) Nataliia’s husband. “Karia’s son, Denys, testified in May that his mother suffered mental and physical abuse both in Ukraine — where she came from in 2006 — and America, KARE reported. Denys said his mother had suicidal thoughts the week leading up to the November 2016 incident, but her husband wouldn’t allow her to get help. In addition to the probation time, Judge Jay Quam on Monday sentenced Karia to “court-ordered mental health treatment and electronic home monitoring for at least two months,” the Star Tribune reported. Karia also can’t visit her own children without supervision, according to AJC newspaper.