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Krystal May is shocked and upset after finding a toddler alone in her car. She hopes child protective services will step in. Krystal May is shocked and upset after finding a toddler alone in her car. She hopes child protective services will step in.
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A Port Clinton mother is shocked and upset after finding another woman's toddler alone in her car. When she called police, she learned the mother had left a 6-year-old in charge of her. Now she's hoping child protective services will step in.

"There's a baby in my car, and there's nobody around! What?" said Krystal May, who found the child.

Imagine the shock you'd have if you opened your car and found someone else's child inside.

"So I went through the driver's side, and she was sitting here, in the front seat," said May.

May is from Port Clinton and says she noticed her car door had been opened during Tuesday's rain storm. When she walked out of her house to investigate, she discovered a 1-year old girl, soaking wet, inside.

A few older children were playing nearby, so she asked them about her and her mother's whereabouts. They recognized the girl and said she lives in Bay Meadows, which is an apartment complex several blocks away.

May says what frightens her even more is that she lives on a very busy roadway.

"There's 100 possibilities of things that could have happened. She could have locked herself in. She could have fell asleep and nobody noticed she was gone," said May.

So May, a mother of three, called Port Clinton police. When an officer arrived, a 6-year-old girl came running up saying that was her sister. Officers were able to contact the mother, who showed up 15 minutes later, angry with her 6-year-old for not doing a better job of babysitting.

"It's not up to a 6-year-old to watch a toddler," said May.

Ottawa County Child and Family Services officials say there is no age requirement in Ohio for when a child no longer needs adult supervision.

"There's not anything in state law that identifies a specific age. What our guideline says is you look at the situation, you look at the age of the child, you look at the maturity level of the child," explained director Stephanie Kowal.

Kowal says if you notice child neglect, filing a claim with child protective services is simple and anonymous.

"The more information that folks are able to provide, the better. Things like the child's name, age, address, what specifically it is that they're concerned about. The more details that we have, the better," said Kowal.

Officials could not comment on whether or not a claim has already been filed in this case.

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