Why a daycare worker only got probation for hanging a toddler

Posted By Staff

Date: July 20th, 2018

Category: Nutty News

dayA judge’s choice to hand down probation instead of prison time to former daycare provider Nataliia Karia, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder, is getting a lot of reaction.

Judge Jay Quam, who determined Karia’s fate, took the alleged abuse and her mental state into account when he gave his sentence.

“This has been one of the hardest cases I’ve ever had,” Quam began, in giving a 20-minute speech Monday explaining his sentence.

“I would love to be able to make everyone’s pain go away. I can’t do that,” Quam said.

Everything else about the case of the daycare provider was much less clear. She hurt three people, hanging a toddler then running over two men.

Doctors said that Nataliia Karia suffered from a mental illness the day of the attempted murder, and what she did was completely because of her illness.

Judge Quam said the safe choice for him would be to give her 13 years in prison.

“That’s the safest thing. There’s no possibility there’s a story written about me that says I let a baby-killer loose to harm again. That’s the safest thing to do. But I don’t know that it’s the right thing to do,” Quam said.

Instead, Quam ruled that her mental illness justifies a lower sentence. And if she follows exactly her mental health plan – then probation is more appropriate than prison.

“I’m going to put you on probation for 10 years. If you make it through 10 years, I have absolutely no doubt that all this will be safe, and that I will have made the right choice here today,” Quam said.

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