Daycare provider who hanged toddler in her basement sentenced to probation

636674104768235275-AP-Day-Care-Child-HangingNataliia Karia, center, with her lawyers Brock Hunter, right, and Ryan Else, reacts during her sentencing hearing in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, Monday, July 16. Karia, a Minneapolis day care owner, was sentenced to 10 years of probation for trying to kill a toddler in her home by hanging him from a noose.

MINNEAPOLIS — A former day care provider convicted of hanging a toddler has been sentenced to probation.

Nataliia Karia received 10 years probation on Monday for hanging a toddler in her daycare and running over two men with her minivan, before attempting suicide. She had faced 13 years in prison. All of the victims of the November 2016 incident survived their injuries.

Through an interpreter, Karia asked for forgiveness.

“I apologize and I don’t know if you will be able to forgive me. I have no excuse for what I did,” she said.

Judge Jay Quam said this is one of the hardest cases he’s ever had adding if this was a normal case, given everything that happened, he would give the most severe sentence that he could.

But he says this was not a normal case.

Karia sobbed as the prosecutor ran through the details of what happened.

“She hung (him) by the neck with a homemade noose in her basement in Minneapolis. This case is about that little boy who very well could have taken his last breath in that basement,” assistant county attorney Christina Warren said.

Karia had pleaded guilty to attempted murder and criminal vehicular operation. Karia’s attorney argued the cause was mental illness brought on by abuse.

“This offense was aggravated, if not wholly caused, by abuse of Nataliia’s husband,” defense attorney Brockton Hunter said.

Hunter provided the judge with recordings they say shows her husband’s anger.

Karia told the judge, “Please help me back to my children.”

The prosecutor argued that mental illness is not a reason to give Karia probation instead of prison.

“It’s not that mentally ill shouldn’t go to prison. the Department of Corrections is incredibly well equipped to handle the needs of the mentally ill,” Warren said.

The sentencing was a continuation of proceedings that began in May. At that time, Claire and Jennifer Booth, the mothers of the toddler, gave emotional victim impact statements in court.

“Based on prior actions and history, I would not feel comfortable with simply probation. Because everybody that has testified today has said they trusted her with their children. Well you’re fine and you’re trustworthy and you’re caring until you’re not,” Claire Booth said on May 23.

In May, Denys Karia testified his mother suffered both physical and mental abuse in Ukraine and here in America. Denys said that his mother told him she had suicidal thoughts and a week before the incident told him she was worried she might hurt someone else, but her husband would not allow her to seek help.

Joseph Sabir, who saved the child from Karia’s basement, testified that he could tell she was not acting herself and told him to call the police.

“I believe what transpired that day was not a reflection of her and who she was from everything I’ve gathered from people. With a lot of medical care and treatment and support I don’t think she poses a risk to the public or her children,” Sabir said in May.

Judge Quam also handed down a 183 month stayed prison sentence, if she violates probation. Karia will be on house arrest for a couple months until the rest of probation details are determined. She could be released as early as Monday.

Following the sentencing, Jennifer Booth said, “Our family is looking forward to moving on. We have been fortunate to have a supportive, healing community surround us. We hope that Nataliia is able to move forward in her own healing journey and hope she gets the help she needs.”

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Sex offender caught in bed with teens by roommate: cops

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A registered sex offender in Florida was caught in bed with two teenage girls after his roommate reported him to authorities, police said.

Mitchell Thurston, 34, was arrested after his roommate called his probation officer and reported that Thurston had a young girl staying with him, WESH reports.

The probation officer later responded to Thurston’s home in Orlando, where he was found in bed with two juvenile girls, one of whom told investigators she had been homeless and lived in a nearby wooded area before meeting Thurston at a bus stop. Thurston then invited her to his home, where she had been staying for about a month, she told police.

The second girl — who was previously reported missing by her mother — also met Thurston at a bus stop before going to his home, police said. He’s now facing battery and child molestation charges.

One of the girls said Thurston touched her inappropriately on two occasions while they were together in bed. Both are about 16 years old, WFTV reports.

In 2008, Thurston was convicted sexual battery on a child under 12 and was sentenced by a judge to nearly two years in prison. He was also placed under supervision as a registered sex offender for 10 years, according to the station.

Thurston’s roommate, who asked not to be identified, said he simply had to act after spotting the young girls with Thurston.

“It’s just something that I had to do,” the man told WFTV. “I just don’t feel right. Something should be done.”

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Teacher Gets 4 Years PROBATION for Sex With Student!

BANNING (CNS) – A Beaumont High School teacher pleaded guilty today to having sex with one of her male students and was immediately sentenced to four years probation. Samantha Lee Ciotta, 32, of Banning, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of unlawful intercourse with a minor, while a count of oral copulation of a child was dismissed.

Her probation terms include a protective order prohibiting all contact with the student for the next 10 years. Ciotta, an English teacher at Beaumont High, was arrested last September, three months after her relationship with the student, then 16, came to light. She was released on a $150,000 bond the following day and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of her case.

According to an arrest warrant declaration, a relative of the teen texted the boy to ask if swirling rumors about him and Ciotta were true. The relative received replies that appeared to be suspicious, and they were later determined to have been sent by Ciotta’s husband, according to the court document.

It was unclear how Ciotta’s husband obtained the victim’s phone, but he admitted sending the messages to the victim’s relative because he suspected his wife was having an affair with the student and wanted to find out more, according to the document. The boy told police he had sex with Ciotta on numerous occasions, but could not remember the exact number of times because he was usually intoxicated during their meetings, according to the declaration.

He initially covered for her but later decided to stop lying when Ciotta had sex with his 19-year-old friend, the declaration alleges. The mother of two previously held a teaching position at La Quinta High School and was recently hired by the Beaumont Unified School District.

The guilty plea follows a lawsuit filed by the victim last week against the Beaumont Unified School District, alleging that while the sexual abuse was occurring, his guardian and at least one other teacher reported their concerns to school administrators, but nothing was done.

The boy’s attorneys contend that “school administrators were aware of numerous red flags showing that the relationship between Ms. Ciotta and our client was becoming inappropriate.”

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