A Cleveland woman pleaded guilty Thursday to the aggravated murder of the toddler she left alone for more than a week while she went on vacation, prosecutors said. 

Kristel Candelario, 32, left her 16-month-old daughter, Jailyn Candelario, “alone and unattended” at her home on June 6, 2023, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley said in a Thursday release. She didn’t return home until June 16, 2023.

When she returned, Candelario found Jailyn unresponsive and called police.

Jailyn Calendario.via WKYC

Police found Jailyn in a filthy playpen, and the girl was pronounced dead, officials said. She had been “extremely dehydrated,” according to police.

Investigators determined that Candelario left her daughter alone while she vacationed in Detroit and in Puerto Rico, officials said.

Candelario pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder and one count of endangering children in the case. She is set to be sentenced next month.


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