Nataliia Karia told a father dropping off his son at her Minneapolis, Minnesota daycare that she couldn’t take it anymore and to come see what she had done, prosecutors said.
The parent heard crying as he walked toward the basement, authorities said. And when he went down the stairs he saw a toddler hanging from the noose, authorities said. He released the child and fled with the boy, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Karia tried to escape in a gold Toyota Sienna, running over a driver and hitting a bicyclist before stopping on an overpass above Interstate 94, KARE 11 reported. The driver had gotten out of his car to check for damage after Karia rear-ended him, Freeman said. That’s when Karia pulled into traffic and struck him, dragging him for 10 blocks, authorities said.
She then tried to jump from the overpass, the Pioneer Press reported, but passersby stopped her until police arrived.
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The 16-month-old boy survived the November 2016 hanging, the Associated Press reported. Karia, 43, pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to kill the child, hitting the two people as she fled and other offenses, the AP said.
Karia told the court Thursday she didn’t quite remember what happened that morning, the Pioneer Press reported. But prosecutors reminded her that she said she’d taken the toddler with her to the basement to look for tights for her daughter and later remembered the boy making choking sounds, hanging from a noose made out of those tights, Freeman said.
Speaking through a Russian interpreter, Karia told the court she had been struggling with mental health issues in the weeks leading up to the incident, Patch reported.
She could spend up to 15 years behind bars, prosecutors said.