A video posted on Facebook paints a disturbing picture. A 9-month-old baby was spotted crawling on his stomach, alone on a busy street in Utica, New York last week. Thankfully, good samaritans stopped to help before the baby was hurt. The whole scene was caught on video. The baby was crying as shocked strangers attempted to console him. One person yelled to another to call police. Towards the end of the video, a woman is heard yelling, “That’s my baby! Oh my god!”
Police said in a press release posted on Facebook that they “became aware of a video posted to Facebook showing an infant in the roadway unattended. The video also shows several citizens attended to the baby. Once the video was brought to our attention an investigation was immediately initiated.”
The mother, 27-year-old Ledrika Ford, told police that the baby was in the back of a car that she was in. At some point, she claimed she looked back and saw that he was no longer in the car. She has since been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The baby was sent to a hospital for an evaluation.
“The Utica Police Department would like to thank the citizens in the video who attended to the child showing their caring and compassionate spirit of the City of Utica,” police said.
Child Protective Services was notified and as of Friday the baby and three other children were removed from Ford’s care. It’s unclear if Ford has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.