Minnesota Daycare Provider Hanged Toddler In Basement, Gets Weak Sentence

The Minnesota daycare provider who committed an insanely heinous crime got off with an easy sentence.

According to USA TODAY, Natalia Karia, was convicted of hanging a toddler and running over two men with her minivan before attempting suicide, has been sentenced to 10 years probation.

All victims of the 2016 incident survived their injuries.

Through an interpreter, Karia said, "I apologize and I don't know if you will be able to forgive me. I have no excuse for what I did."

Judge Jay Quam said this is one of the hardest cases he's ever had, and it was not a normal case. Karia pleaded guilty to attempted murder and criminal vehicular operation, but her attorney argued the cause was mental illness brought on by abuse from her husband.

Evidence of Karia's husband's anger and testimony from Karia's son detailing Karia suffering from physical and mental abuse in the Ukraine and in America, plus her suicidal thoughts a week prior to the incident, were provided in court. The man who saved the child from the basement testified that he could tell she wasn't acting herself and she told him to call police, proclaiming in May that "with a lot of medical care and treatment and support, I don't think she poses a risk to the public or her children."

The prosecutor and the toddler's parents expressed their discomfort with simply probation as Karia's sentence. But following the sentencing, the toddler's mother said that she hopes Karia "is able to move forward in her own healing journey and hope she gets the help she needs."

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