Ohio Woman Accused of Murder After Leaving Her Infant Daughter Home Alone to Go on 8-Day Puerto Rican Vacation

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Jun. 24 2023, Published 11:26 a.m. ET

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A woman in Ohio has been charged with murder after authorities say she left her 16-month-old daughter alone for eight days while she went on vacation.

According to WKYC, 31-year-old Kristel Candelario told investigators she went to Puerto Rico and Detroit on vacation.

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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.

Candelario was arrested and charged with murder. She was arraigned on June 20 and given a $1 million bond, officials said.

She is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on June 28.


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