Utica Police arrest mom after 9-month-old baby found in road

Utica mother charged with crime after infant son is found crawling across busy roadway

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At the end of the video a woman can be heard in the background saying, "That's my baby, that's my baby".

The New York authorities charged a 27-year-old Utica mom with endangering a child's welfare after a viral video showed her 9-month-old toddler crawling in the middle of a busy road.

An ensuing police investigation led to Ledrika Ford on the 500 block of Milgate Street, in Utica being booked reported newyorkupstate.com. Ford could be heard crying as the auto containing her kids drove away.

'She advised officers that the infant was secured in the rear of a vehicle that she was in when they left a location on Bleecker Street, ' the statement read.

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. When she looked in the back seat of the vehicle, the baby wasn't there, police said.

"Baby in the street, that's what we do in Utica now", he says.

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Ford is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and all four of her children have been placed in the custody of child protective services.

She told police that she was not sure how the child ended up on the street.

Ledrika Ford, who is just 17 years old, has three other children - all of whom have been removed from her custody. Authorities then made a decision to remove the nine-month-old baby and Ford's two other young children. She is scheduled to face court on March 23, according to the news station.

The baby was evaluated at a local hospital, and Child Protective Services was notified.

The Utica mom told the authorities that she doesn't know how her son managed to get out of the vehicle.

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