Manatee sheriff: Mom may have abandoned 4 kids with babysitter

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office was looking for a 26-year-old woman who last week apparently abandoned her four children with a babysitter, according to a news release Monday.

At 5 p.m. Dec. 27, Crystal Cruz gave her children, ages 5 years to 11 months, to another woman to watch while Cruz was at work. Cruz was to return the next day to pick up the children, but as of Monday Cruz had not returned, according to the release.

The baby sitter lives in the 900 block of 21st Street East, Palmetto.

An investigation is continuing.