Cleveland woman who left baby at home for 10 days gets life in prison for murder

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An Ohio woman whose child died after she left her home to go on a 10-day vacation last summer was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Kristel Candelario, 32 years old, He pleaded guilty last month. for the aggravated murder of his 16-month-old daughter, Jailyn. Prosecutors said she left the boy alone in a park at her Cleveland home in June while traveling to Detroit and Puerto Rico.

When he returned from his trip, he found Jailyn unconscious and called police, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. She changed her son’s clothes before emergency services arrived and she was pronounced dead shortly after.

The girl was “extremely dehydrated” at the time of her death, according to prosecutors. saying, and medical examiners determined that he had died of starvation and dehydration. She weighed 13 pounds, about seven pounds less than what was recorded at her last doctor’s visit about two months earlier, Cuyahoga County Deputy Medical Examiner Elizabeth Mooney told the court Monday.

Brendan Sheehan, County Court of Common Pleas judge saying The little girl’s death “was not a simple oversight” and she told Candelario that she had several opportunities to intervene and save her daughter’s life.

“You committed the ultimate act of betrayal, leaving your baby terrified, alone, unprotected, to suffer what I have heard was the most horrific death imaginable, without food, without water, without protection,” he said. He also accused Candelario of having shown “no remorse.”

In court Monday, he compared Candelario’s life sentence to the confinement his daughter endured before her death.

“The only difference will be that the prison will at least feed you and give you the fluids that you denied it,” he said.

Candelario also has an older daughter. It is unclear where he was during his mother’s vacation in June.

His attorney, Derek Smith, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. At her sentencing, he said Candelario had suffered from depression and mental health problems, although she declared fit to stand trial.

“There is no justification for his actions,” Smith said, calling them “absolutely the worst parenting imaginable.” She suggested that the treatment she received for physical and mental problems before June had been insufficient.

Candelario addressed the judge and court on Monday and said Jailyn’s death has caused her “a lot of pain” and that she hopes her parents and daughter will forgive 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 through a Spanish interpreter.

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