A little girl from Ohio died after her mother left her alone while she took a 10-day vacation. Judge: it was the ‘last act of betrayal’

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By journalsofus.com


Jailyn’s screams echoed through the quiet streets of Cleveland in the dead of night. The little girl whimpered and howled, but no one came to her aid.

His mother, Kristel Candelario, was away for 10 days in the summer. vacation and had left Jailyn alone in a park with some bottles of milk, prosecutors said. A neighbor’s doorbell camera captured the 16-month-old girl’s frequent screams, including one around 1 a.m., two days after her mother left her.

But Candelario was hundreds of miles away, in Puerto Rico, with a friend, authorities said. After a few days at the beach and another stop in Detroit, he returned home on June 16 of last year to find his daughter dead. She had been away for about 10 days.

Kristel Candelario was on vacation in Puerto Rico and Detroit while her 16-month-old son was alone in a park for 10 days.  She was sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Candelario pleaded guilty last month to a charge of aggravated murder and one count of endangering a child.

In his sentence On Monday, forensic pathologist Elizabeth Mooney said in a Cleveland court that children experience the most extreme separation anxiety between nine and 18 months. She recounted Jailyn’s unbearable last days.

“The pain and suffering he endured lasted not just hours, not days, but possibly even a week,” Mooney said, fighting back tears.

“This feeling of abandonment for days, coupled with the pain of extreme hunger and thirst, is a type of suffering that I don’t think any of us can fully understand.”

The child was found dehydrated and emaciated.

A judge sentenced Candelario on Monday to life in prison, marking a final chapter in a case so grim that the investigators involved described it as the most horrific they have witnessed in their careers.

Law enforcement officers, including Cleveland Police Sergeant Teresa Gomez, fought back tears as they described the baby’s condition.

“This is a case that… we will have engraved in our minds and hearts forever,” Gomez said at the sentencing.

Cuyahoga County Deputy Prosecutor Anna Faraglia played security video of the mother carrying her suitcase to a car on June 6 and returning home on June 16. Minutes after her return, Candelario called 911.

“Please, I need help,” he lamented in a 911 call played during the sentencing. “Please, please, help me. “My daughter is dying.”

Candelario had dressed Jailyn in a clean suit before emergency services arrived, the prosecutor said. But the change of clothes did not hide the horrors the girl had gone through, and Candelario’s sobbing story began to fall apart.

Faraglia said Jailyn was found lying on a mattress covered in urine and feces. “Animals take better care of their young,” she said.

The girl was emaciated, with sunken eyes, dry lips, and fecal matter in her mouth and nails. She was seven pounds lighter than she was at her last doctor’s visit two months earlier, Mooney said..

Candelario’s parents asked the judge for mercy.

In a prepared statement, her mother, Ketty Torres, said her daughter had struggled with health problems, including mental illness and fainting. When her daughter stopped taking medication, her depression and anxiety worsened and contributed to her inability to make sound decisions, she added.

Torres said the family was unaware of what was happening.

Candelario told the court that she prays daily for forgiveness and added that she believes God and Jailyn have forgiven her.

“I’m not trying to justify my actions, but no one knew how much I was suffering and what I was going through,” he said.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brendan Sheehan he admonished her while handing down the sentence.

Speaking sternly, she said Candelario left her daughter “trapped in a little prison” for days while she had a good time.

“The bond between a mother and child is one of the purest and most sacred bonds. It is a relationship based on love, trust and unwavering protection. … You committed the ultimate act of treason,” Sheehan said.

“That little baby persevered, hoping someone would save her. And you could have done it with a simple phone call. Instead, I see photos of you on the beach while your son ate his own feces in an attempt to survive.”

The judge sentenced her to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“Just as you didn’t let Jailyn out of confinement until she died, you should also spend the rest of your life in a cell without freedom,” Sheehan said. “The only difference is that prison will at least feed you.”

At sentencing, Detective Senior Constable TJ Powell said Jailyn will never be forgotten. Her voice trembled as she read a poem in her memory:

J is for the justice that will be received today.

A is for the angel wings he gained that terrible day.

I’m all for incremental repetition of suspense over a…death that clearly makes no sense.

L is for heartbreak being alone for 11 days.

And it’s because of a young life that was taken from him.

N is for the new eternal life Jailyn gained that day. No child should ever die this way.

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