An Ohio mother has been charged with murder after she allegedly left her child at home for a week while she went on vacation.
Here’s What Happened
Police said Kristel Candelario, 31, of Cleveland, left her 16-month-old child alone so she could go to both Puerto Rico and Detroit for a total of eight days, according to a report from NBC affiliate WKYC.
When Candelario returned home on Friday, June 16, she found her daughter Jailyn was unresponsive.
Police reportedly noted the girl was “extremely dehydrated.”
According to CBS affiliate WOIO, the toddler was taken from the 3100 block of West 97th Street in the Cudell neighborhood to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.
Neighbor Suleyn Gonzalez told WOIO that the baby was typically cared for by her grandmother. Other neighbors reported that leaving Jailyn alone at home was not unprecedented. They said that they would have been happy to care for Jailyn while Candelario was on vacation.
She said: “(The baby’s) mom always wanted to go out and just left her with her grandma and all that.”
Candelario has been charged with murder and will return to court on June 28 for a pre-trial, WOIO said.
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