- 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.