She left her home on June 8 and returned on June 16, authorities said. Upon her return, Candelario found the baby unresponsive.
According to investigators, the little girl was “extremely dehydrated.” They also observed the baby’s play bin was packed with “soiled blankets and a bottom liner, saturated with urine and feces.”
Neighbors said they would have gladly watched the child if they had been asked, WSAZ reported.
Neighbor Suleym Gonzalez told the news outlet that Candelario wasn’t the typical caretaker of her daughter, and the grandmother usually cared for the baby.
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The baby's mother "always wanted to go out and just left her with her grandma and all that,” Gonzalez said, according to WSAZ.
She is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on June 28.
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