Day care worker tried to hang 16-month-old child, police say

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Police in Minnesota are investigating after they say a day care worker tried to hang a 16-month-old boy.

The Star Tribune reports a parent who was dropping off their child discovered the boy hanging in the house. He was taken to the hospital and is said to be “doing fine.”

After the discovery, 42-year-old Nataliia M. Karia fled the scene in a minivan, ran over a pedestrian who was standing near his vehicle, kept going and ran over a bicyclist. The pedestrian was dragged and suffered broken bones. Both are expected to survive.

“It’s horrific, horrific,” Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Kris Arneson said of the assault on the child. “We never want children to be injured; that’s part of the reason we call in our chaplains. It’s a horrific scene for officers to encounter, and the victims in this case have injuries based on her actions.”

Karia later went to an overpass and threatened to jump, but several passers-by were able to hold her down until police took her into custody.

The woman’s motive is unknown at this point and the investigation is ongoing.

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