A Minneapolis man never could have imagined the horrifying scene that was about to unfold when he went to drop off his child at Uptown Daycare this past Friday.
The dad headed to the local daycare facility around 10am Friday morning as usual, reports Fox9.
But when he got inside he noticed that daycare owner Nataliia Mykhaylivna Karia, 43, wasn’t “acting right.”
Soon after she told the man that she had “done something bad.”
That’s when he heard cries coming from the basement.
When he went to investigate, he found something truly horrifying.
Fox9 reports that Karia had hanged a 16-month-old boy by a noose.
He grabbed the suffering child, untangled him, and immediately rushed home with him, alerting the authorities.
Karia, meanwhile, fled the daycare facility and hopped into her minivan before officers arrived, reports BBC.
A dangerous police chase soon began.
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Karia recklessly struck two people with her minivan in attempt to evade police.
One man was exiting his vehicle when Karia hit him, reports People. He was dragged behind her car for a block, sustaining broken bones and cuts.
He is in critical condition.
She then smashed into a cyclist, breaking his leg, before crashing into a car driven by a pregnant woman.
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Thankfully, both the woman and the cyclist are expected to survive.
Realizing her efforts were in vain, Karia pulled over her car and attempted to jump off of a highway overpass.
But bystanders in the area stopped the apparent suicide attempt, and subdued the struggling woman until she could be taken into police custody.
Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Kris Arneson says Karia was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, and has not been officially charged with any crimes.
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Arneson told BBC:
“It’s horrific, horrific.”
The toddler who was hanged is expected to make a full recovery. He is currently in a local hospital receiving treatment.
Police say that he is “doing fine.”
Understandably, many parents are taking to Facebook to express their concern and dismay:
This is why tell people make surprise visits, one day just show up and stay all day, smh
If this happen to Addi or even Tyler, that lady wouldn't have to threaten to jump off a bridge. I, myself, would throw her off that bridge along with any other parent of the kids at that daycare.
Sadly, these parents have reason to be upset.
Child abuse occurring at licensed daycare facilities happens more often than anyone might hope.
Earlier this year, for example, one Kentucky daycare was found to be beating children as part of “game.”
And in 2009, a 16-month-old boy died when a daycare worker smashed his head into concrete after learning she would have to stay late at work.
As for Karia, once released from the hospital she will be sent to Hennepin County Jail.