All Jacqueline Arellano has left of her daughter are memories of the sweet child who loved to be snuggled. Arellano said, "She would always say, mommy a little kiss with her little lips." She added, "She would always carry around is her little Dora doll."
The mourning mother along with family and friends lit candles to honor Yeily Guadalupe. Investigators believe the two-year old was beaten to death by her legal guardian Rosa Ramirez over difficulty with potty training.
Yeily's mother told us she gave up custody of the toddler to her uncle and Ramirez because she couldn't take care of her while undergoing chemotherapy for terminal brain cancer. Her hope was the little girl would have a loving and healthy family. "My baby was suffering but there was nothing she could do because of her ailment," said Arellano.
The Kings County Sheriff's office says the toddler was beaten to death so severely she had several fractures to her skull and was left brain dead. Ramirez is now facing one count of murder and another count of child abuse leading to death. She has pleaded not guilty.
"It was a shock. It was something we couldn't fathom or wrap our head around for a little one to be so innocent and something so tragic to happen," said Yvonne Luna.
Ramirez has three of her own children and is currently pregnant with a fourth child. The children are in child protective services.
Memorial Fund for Baby Arellano
Bank of the Sierra