Mom who left toddler alone while she went on vacation pleads guilty to aggravated murder

A 6-month-old girl has died after she was found at an unlicensed daycare in Nashville, Tennessee, Thursday afternoon.

An Ohio woman who left her 16-month-old daughter home alone in a playpen for 10 days last summer while she went on vacation has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder.

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Kristel Candelario, 32, also pleaded guilty Thursday to child endangerment as part of a plea deal with Cuyahoga County prosecutors, WHIO reported.

According to prosecutors, Candelario left her daughter, Jailyn, in their Cleveland, Ohio, home when she went on vacation to Detroit and Puerto Rico in June 2023.

When she returned 10 days later, she found the girl in the playpen, not breathing, and called 911. Emergency responders found the child was “extremely dehydrated” and pronounced her dead shortly after they arrived, according to The Associated Press.

The toddler died of starvation and severe dehydration, an autopsy by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s office showed.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss two murder counts and a felonious assault charge. Candelario faces a life term when she’s sentenced on March 18, according to WHIO.