Jaime Widman, 34, 1400 block W. Monroe St., was charged with child endangering, leaving the scene of an accident and improper backing.
A man saw a Chevy Malibu back up about 50 feet on Franklin Street, strike a parked truck, then hurriedly leave the area around 1:30 a.m., according to a Sandusky police report.
Officers matched up a model number on a piece of the car’s broken-off bumper and cross-referenced it with a license plate number to track down Widman, the owner, the report said.
They located the damaged Malibu at Widman’s house but could not find Widman herself. Instead they found the woman’s 13-year-old son alone in the house with his 9-year-old sister with special needs, the report said.
The boy said his mother left around 10 p.m. that evening, but regularly leaves him to tend to his sister, the report said.
Numerous phone calls were made between the children’s grandmother and a friend of Widman’s in attempts to locate her. Not until 4 a.m., however, did she return home, the report said.
Widman denied backing into the truck, refused to tell officers details of her evening and said anyone could have been driving her car, the report said.
Widman was charged, then released on her own recognizance.