Utica Mom Charged After Facebook Video Shows Toddler Crawling on Road


A 9-month-old baby was rescued after she was allegedly abandoned in the middle of the street in NY.

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.

Ford said she went back to Pellettieri and Bleecker Street, where she found her child. At the end of the video, a woman can be heard saying "that's my baby" in a panicked voice.

Police said that after the incident they searched for Ford and the child for hours before they were located.

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

The video posted to Facebook garnered over 2.2 million views at the time of publishing this story.

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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. Authorities then chose to remove the nine-month-old baby and Ford's two other young children.

Police didn't identify the woman who had returned to the scene and was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The baby was later taken to a local hospital.

Police said that child protective services has been notified.

According to the authorities, on that day, at approximately 10:30 p.m. several people passing by an Upstate New York road saw a 9-month-old toddler crying and crawling, as the vehicles tried to avoid him.

She is scheduled to appear in court on March 23.