9-Month-Old Baby Found Crawling On Busy Roadway In New York

After Ledrika Ford 27 reclaimed the baby, she told officers that he was secure in the rear of her car but when she looked back he wasn't there. She found the infant after returning to Pellettieri Avenue and Bleecker

After Ledrika Ford 27 reclaimed the baby, she told officers that he was secure in the rear of her car but when she looked back he wasn't there. She found the infant after returning to Pellettieri Avenue and Bleecker

A Facebook video circulated of the nine-month old in the street and it showed people helping the baby, police said.

She's been identified as 27-year-old Ledrika Ford.

The 27-year-old mother, who is not in police custody, was charged with the misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child which could mean up to one year in prison if convicted. 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. When she looked in the back seat of the auto, the baby wasn't there, police said.

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

Coromato says the child's 27-year-old mother told investigators the baby was in the back seat of the auto when she left the area but "a short time later" looked back and didn't see her baby.

Towards the end of the video, a woman is heard running up to the crowd that had assembled and yelling: 'That's my baby!

The baby was later taken to a local hospital. Child Protective Services were notified, and the toddler along with his siblings was removed from the woman's custody. She said she then turned around and found her child at a cross street in NY. Lt. Bryan Coromato of the Utica Police department said they were a 1-year-old, 2-year-old and 5-year-old, reported Fox News.

Ford told the police Saturday morning that she was not sure how the infant ended up on the street. She is due to appear in court on March 23.

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