*I have a luxury home with a large fenced yard just steps away from the Lake of the Isles that has been remodeled for the safety of your child. This is how Nataliia Karia, 42, promotes Uptown Daycare, which she runs in Minneapolis, on her Facebook page. The same center where she attempted to hang a 16-month-old child.
Thankfully, the child, who was found dangling, was spared by a parent who had come to drop her own child off.
Karia was nowhere to be found. She had fled in her gold minivan.
WTF. WTF. WTF!!!! Have people totally lost their freakin’ minds?
The parent called 911, and not long after, police started receiving calls about a woman driving haphazardly, and hitting people before she tried to commit suicide by jumping off an overpass.
Police, who eventually caught up with Karia after she had injured two people — a pedestrian standing on the corner and a bicyclist — restrained her and she was unable to jump.
No one knows what set this woman off.
“It’s horrific, horrific,” Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Kris Arneson said in a news conference. “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.”
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the toddler found by the parent could be heard crying in the background as the 911 call was taking place around 9:43 am. Fourteen minutes later, Karia’s van hit a man 12 blocks away who was standing on the corner. The Washington Post reports the van dragged the man “a significant distance,” breaking his bones and abrading his skin before he was able to get free. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.
Two minutes later, a man on a bicycle at 28th St. East and Park Ave. South was hit. His leg was broken. He’s also expected to be okay.
Karia kept going, hitting the car of 33-year-old Nicole Thomas, who was pregnant. Thomas told the media, “I was shaken up all day. It was definitely crazy to be part of and to witness. I feel really lucky, given the circumstances.”
Karia kept driving until she reached a bridge over Interstate 94 at Park Avenue South. She told people passing by that she wanted to jump and they called 911.
Watch the video report directly below.