This is the story that just keeps on giving. Don’t worry though, there are no fatalities. Just a whole lot of crazy.
Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia was arrested in November 2016 and tried this year in relation to the attempted hanging of a 16-month-old toddler who was staying at the daycare which she owned and worked at. The boy was discovered when a father came to drop off his son and Nataliia led him to her basement where a young boy was hanging from a noose.
The man immediately acted and undid the noose, freeing the boy before taking the child and his own and leaving the premises as quickly as he could. Nataliia, perhaps realising that the father was going to call the police, then hopped in her minivan and went ahead with an escape attempt that left a trail of carnage behind her.
Day care owner who tried to hang toddler from noose gets probation— Wayne Trendy (@TrendyNewsBits) July 17, 2018
Judge Jay Quam said, that Natalia Karia, 43, was “a low risk” to reoffend, calling her actions “the perfect storm of factors unlikely to ever be repeated.”https://t.co/hn3HyUO0KH #FoxNews #mentalhealth
During her vehicular rampage she ran over one pedestrian, one cyclist, and also struck another driver. Eventually she made her way to a freeway overpass where she intended to kill herself by jumping over the barrier, only to be snatched away from the edge at the last minute by the police.
She has now been found guilty of a range of crimes, including attempted murder and third-degree assault, and was sentenced to 10-years of probation, sparing her any jail time for her actions. This comes after she abandoned her insanity defence and simply pled guilty to the charges she was accused of.
It has since been confirmed that despite a brief period of hospitalisation the boy involved is physically fine and will suffer no long-term physical problems as a result of the hanging, although there may be emotional difficulties caused by the trauma.
Nataliia Karia, 43, received her punishment in Hennepin County court after pleading guilty to attempted murder and third-degree assault.https://t.co/FZt8H3e3H7— TribLIVE.com (@TribLIVE) July 17, 2018
Meanwhile Karia’s probation comes with a host of conditions and limitations. She must follow court-ordered mental health treatment, undergo electronic home monitoring for a minimum of two months. She will be sent to live with her adult son but will not be allowed unsupervised contact with any children, including her three children aged 2, 7 and 10. She is also being assessed by child welfare and it remains unseen if they will find her suitable to resume guardianship of her children.
The judge ruling for the case agreed that Nataliia was at low risk for reoffending, citing the years of abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband including his refusal to allow her to seek treatment for mental health issues.
“I don't want to push this terrible crime onto my husband. I just want to explain what happened,” Nataliia told the courts. “Your Honor, my children need me. Give me a chance to resume a normal life.”