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(NEW YORK POST) – A disturbing video that showed a baby crawling alone after dark on a road in upstate New York led to the arrest of the mother, police said.
Ledrika E. Ford, 27, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after her 9-month-old was discovered by strangers in the street unattended, according to Utica Police Department.
Police said they became aware of a video on Facebook Friday night that captured several people rushing to the aid of the abandoned infant.
“That’s what people do now? Leaving their kids in the street?” an incredulous good Samaritan can be heard saying in the video, which ends with a woman frantically shouting, “That’s my baby.”
Officers were able to track down the 27-year-old mom — identified as Ford — who claimed that she didn’t know how the baby ended up in the street.
Ford told police that she and a relative buckled the baby into the back seat of a car, started driving and soon realized the child was no longer in the vehicle.
She said they returned to where they were initially parked and found the 9-month-old.
Authorities notified Child Protective Services which removed four kids from Ford’s custody.
In a statement, police thanked those who rushed to help the child.
“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,” authorities said.