MINNEAPOLIS (KARE 11) — A former day care provider convicted of hanging a toddler has been sentenced to probation.
Nataliia Karia received 10 years probation on Monday for hanging a toddler in her daycare and running over two men with her minivan, before attempting suicide. She had faced 13 years in prison. All of the victims of the November 2016 incident survived their injuries.
Through an interpreter, Karia asked for forgiveness.
“I apologize and I don’t know if you will be able to forgive me. I have no excuse for what I did,” she said.
Judge Jay Quam said this is one of the hardest cases he’s ever had adding if this was a normal case, given everything that happened, he would give the most severe sentence that he could.
But he says this was not a normal case.
Karia sobbed as the prosecutor ran through the details of what happened.
“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.
Karia had pleaded guilty to attempted murder and criminal vehicular operation. Karia’s attorney argued the cause was mental illness brought on by abuse.
“This offense was aggravated, if not wholly caused, by abuse of Nataliia’s husband,” defense attorney Brockton Hunter said.
Hunter provided the judge with recordings they say shows her husband’s anger.
Karia told the judge, “Please help me back to my children.”
The prosecutor argued that mental illness is not a reason to give Karia probation instead of prison.
“It’s not that mentally ill shouldn’t go to prison. the dept of corrections is incredibly well equipped to handle the needs of the mentally ill,” Warren said.
The sentencing was a continuation of proceedings that began in May. At that time, Claire and Jennifer Booth, the mothers of the toddler, gave emotional victim impact statements in court.
“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 on May 23.