Daycare owner charged with attempted murder of 16-month-old

Prosecutors say the woman told a parent she couldn't take it anymore.
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Charges against a Minneapolis daycare owner say she tried to murder a toddler she was caring for by hanging the boy from the basement ceiling in a noose.

Nataliia Karia, 42, was charged Tuesday with attempted murder and assault over a Friday incident at her home in the Uptown neighborhood. Two other charges say she hit a pedestrian and a bicyclist with her minivan as she sped away from the house.

She said she couldn't take it anymore

Here's what prosecutors outlined in their criminal complaint:

They say a father arrived at Karia's home about 9:30 a.m. to drop off his child. Karia said she couldn't take it anymore and told the man to come see what she'd done.

He went down to the basement and saw a crying toddler hanging from the ceiling. After releasing the 16-month-old boy, he called his wife. She called police and headed to the home to look after the other children there.

2 hit-and-runs and a suicide attempt

Meanwhile, Karia had taken off in her minivan. She rear-ended a car that had stopped at a red light, causing a chain reaction crash. The driver of the front car got out to check for damage and Karia hit him as she sped by, dragging him more than ten blocks.

After she also hit a bicyclist, civilians began trying to stop the minivan. When another driver pulled in front of the vehicle to stop it, Karia jumped out at Park Ave. and 18th St. She ran to a bridge and tried to jump off of it onto the highway below but passersby grabbed ahold of Karia and held her until police arrived.

Authorities say investigators found two pairs of children's tights tied together to make a noose hanging from a ceiling pipe in the basement of Karia's home.

Both of the people hit by the minivan are hospitalized with broken bones, the County Attorney's office says, while the toddler was treated and released.

Karia is being held at Hennepin County Medical Center. Prosecutors are asking that her bail be set at $2 million.

Convictions on all four charges against her could bring up to 33 years in prison.

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