Fresh Insights Uncovered in the Case of the Mother Accused of Abandoning Her Baby While on Holiday

by Jessica

An Ohio woman, Kristel Candelario, is facing charges following the death of her 16-month-old daughter, Jailyn, who was reportedly left alone while her mother vacationed in Puerto Rico and Detroit. The police investigation suggests that the child was left unattended for approximately ten days.

Upon responding to an emergency call at Candelario’s residence in Cleveland on June 16, law enforcement officers found EMS personnel already at the scene, and the child was pronounced dead. The baffled neighbors and the mother’s employers are now trying to comprehend Candelario’s actions.

As stated in an arrest affidavit reported by NBC News, Detective Thelemon Powell Jr. indicated that Candelario admitted to leaving her child unattended. When she returned from her trip, initially believed to be eight days long but now corrected to ten days by authorities, she found her daughter severely dehydrated. The child’s playpen was discovered to be unsanitary, covered with urine and feces.

An autopsy is being conducted at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, with no signs of trauma identified so far. However, the investigation by homicide detectives uncovered that Jailyn had been left alone for nearly two weeks, leading to her demise. An official cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

According to Candelario’s neighbors, Suleym and Iris (who chose not to disclose their last names), this was not the first time the mother had left her child. They told WKYC that they had previously agreed to look after Jailyn over a weekend, only for Candelario to vanish for weeks. “Jailyn really didn’t deserve what happened to her,” Iris told the media, adding that the child had spent so much time with them she began to call her “Mama.”

An investigation into Candelario’s past is also being conducted by her former employer. She worked as an instructional aide at Hope Academy Northcoast during the 2019-2020 school year and subsequently at Citizens Academy Glenville from fall of 2020. Upon learning about the charges against Candelario, her employment was promptly terminated, as stated by Jayah J Watters-Clark, the communications managing director for The Breakthrough Schools.

Candelario is currently detained in the Cuyahoga County Jail with bail set at $1 million. Her court appearance is scheduled for June 28, with no confirmation yet as to whether she has hired legal representation or entered a plea.

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