Utica mom charged with leaving child crawling on city street

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

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The mother has been identified as 27-year-old Ledrika E. Ford, police had originally said the mother was 17 years old.

A Utica mother was arrested Saturday after her nine-month old baby was found in the street, according to the Utica Police Department. After several hours, police were able to locate 27-year-old Ledrika Ford on the 500 block of Milgate Street, in Utica.

Utica Police say, on Friday night, they were made aware of a Facebook video showing an unattended baby crawling across Bleecker Street. The video also shows several people who don't know the baby or his mother tending to and removing him from harm's way.

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Ford said she was with a relative and while they were in the vehicle the infant was secured in rear seat but shortly after when she turned to look in the back, she saw that the child was no longer there. At the end of the video, a woman can be heard saying "that's my baby" in a panicked voice. 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. Child protective services took the baby and Ford's three other children away from her on Saturday, WKTV reported.

The video has been uploaded to social media and has been viewed over 2.4 million times and shared over 63,000 times.

Ford, who is not in police custody, is facing a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child which could mean up to a year in prison if convicted.

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The boy was taken to the hospital. One man picks up the child.

The Utica Police Department were notified of the video on March 9, at around 10:30 p.m.

Ford is now not in police custody.

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Ladrika Ford is due back in court on Friday, March 23.

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