Daycare Owner Who Hanged Toddler Gets Sentenced To Probation Only

A judge gave a light sentence to the woman who hanged a toddler.

Minneapolis, MN – A Minneapolis home day-care operator who pleaded guilty to hanging a toddler she was caring for from a noose, before running over two people in her attempt to flee, was given a mere 10 months’ probation as her sentence.

Nataliaa Karia, 43, pleaded guilty to attempted murder in February for hanging the boy inside her home, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Prosecutors said Karia tried to kill the 16 month old on Nov. 18, 2016 by hanging him from a noose in her basement and leaving him there while she fled in her minivan, FOX News reported.

The toddler survived only because a parent who was dropping off a child happened to see what was going on and removed the noose from the boy’s neck.

"She hung (him) by the neck with a homemade noose in her basement in Minneapolis. This case is about that little boy who very well could have taken his last breath in that basement," Assistant County Attorney Christina Warren said at the sentencing, according to KARE.

Joseph Sabir was dropping off his daughter at the home when Karia told him she had done something bad as she was running from the house, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Sabir said he heard crying and ran to the basement where he found the toddler hanging from a noose made of girls’ tights tied to a pipe. He rescued the child, whom police said recovered after hospitalization.

Karia fled from the home in her minivan, and rear-ended a car. When the other driver got out to check the damage, Karia pulled into traffic and dragged him for 10 blocks, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Next, she struck a 29-year-old bicyclist with her van. That victim suffered broken bones and had to have a rod surgically implanted in his leg so that it wouldn’t have to be amputated.

Then Karia then hit another car driven by a pregnant woman.

After that, she drove to a freeway overpass and threatened to jump. A Good Samaritan held her down until police arrived and took her into custody.

In her defense, Karia told the court how her husband had abused her and her children since they came to the United States from the Ukraine in 2006.

Karia told the court that when she was pregnant, and learned it was going to be another daughter, her husband punched her in the stomach for not having a son.

She read a statement in Russian that was interpreted to English, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

"I don't want to push this terrible crime onto my husband. I just want to explain what happened," she said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Your Honor, my children need me… Give me a chance to resume a normal life."

The parents of the victim toddler gave emotional victim impact statements in court on May 23.

“Based on prior actions and history, I would not feel comfortable with simply probation. Because everybody that has testified today has said they trusted her with their children. Well you’re fine and you’re trustworthy and you’re caring until you’re not,” Claire Booth said.

Hennepin County District Judge Jay Quam said the case was one of the most difficult he had ever adjudicated.

The Minneapolis Star reported that the judge agreed with Karia’s doctors that she was “a low risk” to reoffend.

“There are no easy answers here,” Quam said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

He ordered Karia to undergo mental health treatment, and to be subject to electronic home monitoring for at least two months.

The judge said she could live with her adult son but could not have unsupervised contact with her two, seven, and 10-year-old daughters, or other minors, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

The prosecution argued that Karia could not be properly supervised outside of prison, or get the care needed to restore her mental health, and asked for a minimum sentence of 13 years in prison.

Judge Quam also handed down a 183 month stayed prison sentence, which would go into effect if she violated her probation, KARE reported.

Comments (23)
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JBo
JBo

Attempted murder of a toddler...ran over 2 people, fled the scene, gets 10 months probation. Wow. Just wow.

Budman
Budman

Just wow!! A real head scratcher!!

lolamae
lolamae

I'm in shock, tried to kill the toddler, ran over 2 people while fleeing and this is what she gets? Is it because she is from another country or what? This Judge sleeps with the Devil.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Liberal Judge????!!!!

MrBrandão
MrBrandão

you do realize how the law works,. yes, that it is almost NEVER the judges "decision" other than that i could not agree with your sentiment more. there is more then likely a prosocutor and/or a jury to blame NOT the judge?!?

jwieder
jwieder

Is that judge on drugs? Remove the judge from the bench! Put the care taker in prison for a good while.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

@MrBrandão "The prosecution argued that Karia could not be properly supervised outside of prison, or get the care needed to restore her mental health, and asked for a minimum sentence of 13 years in prison." I don't think the prosecutor wanted probation.....it's what that judge wanted.

wishladya
wishladya

First of all I wish people would learn to spell prosecutor. Second a prosecutor was trying to get her for 13 years. Crazy judge more likely.

RetiredADA
RetiredADA

Bull shit. I was a prosecutor and when the defendant pleads guilty without a negotiated sentence, or even with one, for that matter, it is the judge who decideds the sentence. I had two sentences that stick in my mind 20 years after the fact where I argued strongly for lengthy prison sentences and the judges gave probation. From what I read in this article, the prosecutor definitely was arguing for prison and the judge decided to give her probation. I don’t care how rough her life was, what she did to that child is inexcusable and on top of that, she hurt a lot of people when she tried to get away with it. She deserved a healthy dose of prison with a lengthy probation period during which time she would be supervised!

Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

She should have been sent to Shakopee women's prison. And let the other prisoners take care of punishment! Another sign of the liberal justice in our country.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I don't give a f--k what abuse you allegedly went through!! You hung up a toddler, and then ran and hit 2 people!!! The toddler hanging should have been an attempted murder charge easily!! Then a bunch of charges for the 2 people you hit. I hope you had insurance and they sued the shit out of you!! See I know about abuse, cause my parents abused me. And I had to have a rod inserted into my femur to hold it together. But it hasn't caused me to want to kill someone. She should have easily gotten 20 to life.

Branoli
Branoli

The judge makes the final decision, not the prosecutor. The judge can follow what the prosecutor wants or what the defense wants or they do what THEY want. In this case that judge did what he wanted and I think he is wrong. I hope she violates her probation so she can be put where she deserves to be.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

I am ashamed to say I am from MN. The Twin Cities area is as liberal as they get. The rest of the state has some common sense. How in the hell can that sentence be justified? I am totally dumbfounded.

IggyRu
IggyRu

What's the the name of this Judge? We need to start a social media petition to get rid of him!

Gentille1
Gentille1

Judges need to stop letting these people off period! They need to do time for their crime, not get a slap on the wrist. You get more time for marijuana then attempted murder? Something is wrong with this picture.

pixiepup
pixiepup

There is something so wrong with what the judge gave this sickening woman. Put her in prison! Get rid of this judge!

JAMSR
JAMSR

The judge should be hung by HIS BALLS until he loses them.

KCN
KCN

Unbelievable, yet I am not surprised. She probably does need treatment, but a crime such as this also needs to be met with punishment as well. She is such a risk to others, especially children.

Luisa1948
Luisa1948

Outrageous!!!! The judge needs to step down and replaced by a real judge.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

This Judge has a long histoy of doing exactly the same thing. A bleeding heart liberal who hands out light sentences to those he feels have a "mental disorder." instead of just being evil. Outrageous !!!