Utica mom charged with leaving child crawling on city street


In a statement released Saturday morning (March 10), Utica Police say Ford told officers that she and a relative were not sure how her young child ended up in the street. Several strangers are seen attending to the baby and attempting to call 911. Toward the end you can hear a woman running up yelling "That's my baby?"

Once the video was brought to the attention of authorities, an investigation was launched. The 27-year-old said that she had secured the child in the rear of the vehicle when she left a location on Bleecker Street. When she realized the child was not there, she returned to the area of Pellettieri Ave. and Bleecker St. where she encountered the crowd and retrieved the boy.

However, a short while later she looked back to check on her 9-month-old child and noticed the baby was gone.

After hours of searching, police were finally able to track down Ford.

Police didn't identify the mom.

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

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 mother was heard weeping as the cars with her kids inside drove away.

The baby was later taken to a local hospital.

Ledrika Ford, 27, was charged on Friday with endangering the welfare of a child after a video posted to Facebook surfaced showing her infant crawling around a roadway, unaccompanied. She is scheduled to face court on March 23, according to the news station.