Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Utica mom charged with leaving child crawling on city street

Utica mom charged with leaving child crawling on city street

Ledrika Ford, 27, was charged on Friday with endangering the welfare of a child after a video surfaced showing her infant child crawling around a busy roadway, unaccompanied.

Police in upstate NY have arrested a woman after her 9-month-old baby was found crawling in a busy roadway.

Police arrested a NY mother on Saturday after video surfaced of an infant crawling alone in the middle of the road.

After Ledrika Ford, 27, reclaimed the baby (pictured, as strangers find him), she told officers that he was secure in the rear of her vehicle but, when she looked back, he wasn't there.

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However, a short while later she looked back to check on her 9-month-old child and noticed the baby was gone. At the end of the video, a woman can be heard saying "that's my baby" in a panicked voice.

Police said Ford then immediately returned to Bleecker Street and reunited with her child, which could also be heard in the video filmed by Rn Jay.

The 27-year-old mother (pictured), 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 convicted.

Following the woman's confession, the Child Protective Services were notified and, on Saturday, the toddler and three other children, ages 1, 2, and five were removed from the Utica mom's custody.

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Ford is now not in police custody.

While someone called the police, another picked up the baby to comfort it when it began crying.

She is scheduled to appear in court on March 23.

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