An Ohio mom has pleaded gu*ilty to aggravated mur*der for leaving her 16-month-old daughter home alone in a filthy playpen while she went on a 10-day vacation.

Kristel Candelario, 32, abandoned toddler Jailyn in their Cleveland home in June so she could jet off to Detroit and then Puerto Rico.

Kristel Candelario, 32, pleaded g*uilty on Thursday to aggravated murd*er and child endangerment.

When she returned 10 days later, she found her child not breathing in the playpen and called 911, with paramedics pronouncing her de*ad at the scene.

The abandoned girl’s Pack-N-Play pen “consisted of soiled blankets and a bottom liner, saturated with urine and feces,” an affidavit stated.

An autopsy found that Jailyn had died of starvation and severe dehydration.

Candelario pleaded gu*ilty Thursday to aggravated mur*der and child endangerment as part of a plea deal dropping two additional m*urder counts and a felonious ass*ault charge.

“This case is one of those truly unimaginable cases that will stick with me for many years to come,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said after the mom’s gu*ilty plea.

“As prosecutors, it is our job to represent the victims and today we spoke on behalf of 16-month-old Jailyn — who is no longer with us — due to the selfish decisions her mother made,” O’Malley added.

“This conviction today, is the first step towards justice for Jailyn.”

Candelario’s defense attorney, Patrick Milligan, told that certain “mitigating issues” will be raised at sentencing next month, hinting that the mom suffers unspecified mental health issues.

“Hopefully, people will realize that she is not the monster that some see her as,” he said.

Candelario faces life in prison when she is sentenced on March 18.

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