9-Month-Old Baby Found Crawling On Busy Roadway In New York

Carla Harmon
March 12, 2018

Ford and an unidentified relative told officers that they were not sure how the 9-month-old child ended up on the street.

"Baby in the street, this what we do in Utica", the man who recorded the video, among several who pulled over to help, said into the camera as another man dashed to get a blanket from a auto.

A woman from upstate NY was charged with child endangerment after a video surfaced on social media showing her nine-month-old child crawling alone in the middle of a busy roadway, reports said Sunday.

Towards the end of the clip, a woman is heard running into the crowd that had gathered around the tot and yelling: "That's my baby!"

An ensuing police investigation led to Ledrika Ford on the 500 block of Milgate Street, in Utica being booked reported newyorkupstate.com.

In the footage, the infant could be seen crying in the middle of the road while a number of Good Samaritans tried to figure out how to comfort the baby. During questioning Ford claimed believing that the child had been secured in the rear of a vehicle before driving away. She said she then turned around and found her child at a cross street in NY. "They immediately returned to the area of Pellettieri Ave. and Bleecker St. where they located her child".

The mother has been identified as Ledrika Ford of Utica.

Police said that child protective services has been notified.

Coromato added that along with the nine-month-old baby, a one-year-old, two-year-old and five-year-old were also removed from the home.

The 27-year-old mother, who is not in police custody, was charged with the misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child, which could mean up to one year in prison if she is convicted. According to BET, Ford could be heard weeping as the cars holding her kids drove away. Her next court date is scheduled for March 23.

BET reports that police ordered the 9-month-old to be evaluated at a Utica hospital, but there has been no official word on his condition.

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