An Ohio mother has been sentenced for leaving her toddler home alone, resulting in the child’s death, while she went on vacation

In Ohio a mother was sentenced on Monday to life in prison without any parole due to the death of her 16-month-old daughter, whom she left alone in a playpen last summer while she went on vacation.

In February the 32-year-old Kristel Candelario was found guilty to aggravated murder and child endangerment after having an agreement with prosecutors to drop two more murder charges and a felonious assault charge.

On June 6, 2023, prosecutors said that Jailyn her daughter Candelario left alone in a playpen in their Cleveland home for 10 days while Candelario traveled to Puerto Rico and Detroit. When Candelario found Jailyn deceased, she called 911. Detectives later decided that Jailyn was seriously dehydrated at the time of her death.

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Kristel Candelario, whose 16 month old daughter died after being left home alone in a playpen for 10 days last summer while she went on vacation was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. AP

On Monday, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Anna Faraglia gave proof against Candelario, including a PowerPoint demonstration with photos of her partying and smiling in Puerto Rico. There was also a ring doorbell recording of Jailyn yelling over two days after being left home alone. Proof that Candelario lied to police about her vacation and redressed her daughter before officers originally arrived.

According to her attorney Derek Smith, Candelario had struggled with mental health issues and tried suicide by overdose in 2023. After her suicide attempt, she was given antidepressants, but she stopped taking them, which Smith said affected her decision-making when she went on vacation and left her daughter Jailyn behind.

Candelario said to the court, “there’s so much pain that I have in regards to the loss of my baby” and that “every day I ask forgiveness from God and from my daughter, Jailyn.”

“I’m extremely hurt about everything that happened,” she said. “I am not trying to justify my actions, but nobody knew how much I was suffering and what I was going through.”

Cuyahoga County Judge Brendan Sheehan said Candelario”committed the ultimate act of betrayal,” through her actions.

“Leaving your baby terrified, alone, unprotected to suffer what I heard was the most gruesome death imaginable with no food, no water,” he said. “The evidence that I’ve witnessed here before this court shows that this time you simply chose not to be here because you wanted to have fun. You decided you needed a vacation and what followed was absolute depravity.”

“Just as you didn’t let Jailyn out of her confinement until she died … you should spend the rest of your life in a cell without freedom.”

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