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Ohio Mother Faces Murder Charges for Leaving Toddler Alone for 8 Days



Knowledge Nuggets:

  • Kristel Calendario, a 20-year-old mother from Cleveland, Ohio, has been charged with the murder of her 16-month-old daughter, Jailyn, after leaving the toddler alone at home without food or water for eight days while she was on vacation.
  • The toddler was discovered in a deplorable state, with her playpen covered in soiled blankets and urine- and feces-saturated liner. Upon returning from her travels to Puerto Rico and Detroit, Calendario found her daughter deceased.
  • Neighbors who had previously cared for Jailyn in Calendario’s absence expressed their deep grief and a desire for justice. Calendario is currently being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail with a $1 million bond.

In an act that has sent shockwaves across the nation, a 20-year-old Ohio mother was charged with the death of her 16-month-old daughter after she allegedly left her unattended for eight days while vacationing.

The incident shines a spotlight on a horrifying case of child neglect that has left a community in grief and disbelief.

The mother, identified as Kristel Calendario of Cleveland, Ohio, was arrested on June 18, following the death of her daughter, Jailyn.

According to the reports, Calendario left her toddler at home, alone and unattended, without any food or water, while she traveled to Puerto Rico and Detroit.

The conditions in which the child was left were described as deplorable, with her playpen covered in “soiled blankets and a bottom liner, saturated with urine and feces.”

Upon her return, Calendario found her daughter dead.

Two of the Calendarios’ neighbors, a mother and daughter, shared their heart-wrenching experiences with Jailyn.


They described the toddler as a beloved presence in their lives, with the daughter even referring to Jailyn as “a little sister.”

Previous experiences with Calendario had led these neighbors to take care of Jailyn in her mother’s absence.

In one instance, the mother claimed that she was the one reaching out to Calendario for necessities, saying, “Look I need milk. I need money. I don’t have money to buy milk for your baby.”

However, this time, no one was entrusted with the child’s care. Court documents revealed that Jailyn was left alone from June 8 to June 16.

When found, the toddler was described as “unresponsive” and “extremely dehydrated.”

The neighboring mother and daughter, who were ready to help care for Jailyn, expressed their grief and desire for justice, with the mother saying, “I wish for her to pay for what she did to her daughter.”

Kristel Calendario is now being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail, with her bond set at $1 million, facing the severe consequences of her alleged actions.

As the community mourns the tragic loss of a young life, this case serves as a chilling reminder of the gravity of child neglect and the essential responsibility of parental care.





  1. The Rebel

    July 2, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    Place her in a jail cell. Lock the cell door. Return 8 days later and see if this dingbat is still alive !!

  2. Thor

    July 2, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    She should be sterilized so she can never again give birth to and abuse a child.

  3. NavVet

    July 2, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    Even better, THE REBEL, lock her up for life with no chance of ever getting released. Give her 6 oz. of water once a day along with one slice of bread. Check in on her every six months. See if she can make it to her 30th birthday.

    • Bob Thomas

      July 2, 2023 at 7:05 pm

      I would say give her 30 yeas in prison so she will have time to think about what she did.

  4. DD

    July 2, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    life in prison to let her remember what she did.

    • Steven

      July 2, 2023 at 7:34 pm

      Why shoud taxpayers support this demon?
      Prison is too easy, she needs to pay in kind

  5. Spencer

    July 2, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    None of the above. The death penalty is appropriate in this case. Firing squad is perfect and no last meal or water.

    • ourzoo10

      July 4, 2023 at 6:20 pm

      Best idea, yet!

  6. Jaguar six

    July 2, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    This is a promising Democrat candidate for Congress! She’s everything they love! She could be on the Squad!

  7. PurePurple

    July 2, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    Beat this scum bag till she begs to die. Of course she will be placed in jail and taxpayers will pay for her to receive meals and other services. She doesn’t deserve to live after torturing that poor child. I hope someone in the jail guts her like a fish.

    • Fb111

      July 2, 2023 at 10:16 pm

      Absolutely! Women in prison don’t take kindly to mothers who murder their children, especially in this heinous manner! For eight days mom lives it up while poor Jailyn dies frightened, hungry and alone! This is what schools teach kids today; do what you want and screw everyone else!

  8. Sis

    July 2, 2023 at 8:42 pm

    Nothing I can say would be enough punishment for this low life scumbag.She needs to be stoned out in the public square for all to see until she is dead.Anyone and everyone can take a shot at her.Even that is too good. Maybe she should be tied up,and laid in an ant bed until she is done in.

  9. Marlene deRonde

    July 2, 2023 at 9:16 pm

    She needs to be starved to death as she starved her child to death. If people receive the same punishment as the way they killed a person, then there will be justice and less crime. Life in prison doesn’t compare to starving a child and no comfort to that child.

  10. Terrell Rodefer

    July 2, 2023 at 11:45 pm

    Trouble is how people are raised these days. People “raise” their children the same way they were raised–often without love. So they don’t have the means to UNDERSTAND their responsibilities. Seriously!! They don’t “get it.” Part of their soul is missing, and they don’t get it. They feel no guilt. All they’re in touch with is what they feel like doing. I remember reading an account many years ago of an abused young woman who locked her apartment door and took off for parts unknown, leaving her cat without food and water…to starve to death. Even if the woman was afraid her abuser might find her and who knows what–beat her up? She could’ve easily gone to a pay phone in some unfamiliar town and called a friend, asking her/him to get into her apartment and rescue her pet. But no. Couldn’t care to do that. I couldn’t bear the mental picture I had, thinking of that poor creature, tearing the place apart in a desperate search for something to eat! HEARTBREAKING!! Another example of either true ignorance or simple lack of caring. Dunno how we’d manage it, but people without the understanding or ability to take care of children or pets SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE THEM!! They just perpetuate the horror of existence that they were raised in. This should not be allowed to happen!! Thank God there are some rescue and adoption sites constantly popping up on our computers!! But there should not be one instance of a child left alone, uncared for…and the same goes for a misfortunate animal that ends up suffering from starvation or inflicted pain. Should not be even one!!

  11. Creole Gumbo

    July 3, 2023 at 5:49 am

    My question is whether or not the neighbors called social services or the police when neglect was so obvious
    My second question is whether Social Serices or the police did anything about it.
    One of the biggest problems with abuse and neglect cases is that Social Services always seem to have an excuse to ignore the complaint or so a superficial investigation by asking the alleged abuser if they are guilty. The goal of SS always seems to be to just clear their list of complaints. And nothing ever happens to them.

  12. brooke

    July 3, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Deport her.

  13. James Johnson

    July 17, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Neanderthal DNA

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