Day care operator tried to hang toddler, police say

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Minneapolis (AP) – Police say a woman tried to hang a 16-month-old boy at a Minneapolis day care then threatened to jump from a freeway overpass.

Assistant Police Chief Kris Arneson says a parent arriving at the day care Friday rescued the boy, and that he is “doing fine.”

Arneson says the woman fled in a van, ran over a pedestrian and struck a bicyclist.

Arneson says the pedestrian and bicyclist will survive.

The woman later went to the Park Avenue overpass above Interstate 94 and threatened to jump, but police and passers-by stopped her.

Authorities have not released the woman’s name, but Arneson says the operator of the day care is the suspect.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2eOezqM ) reports that police don’t know a motive.

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This story corrects that child was a 16-month-old boy not a 1-year-old girl, per police.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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