The mother could face up to a year in prison.
Inquisitr reported that a nine-month-old baby was found crawling on a busy street unattended in New York on March 9, 2018.
It was a scene straight out of the blockbuster movie, Baby’s Day Out. Locals on the street in upstate New York had the shock of their lives when they saw a toddler crawling around a busy roadway.
The unaccompanied infant, who was wearing nothing but a jumpsuit crawling on the cold pavement, was caught on camera.
Fortunately, cars on Bleecker Street stopped by the side of the road and prevented any harm to the baby.
Motorists got out of their vehicles to attend to the crying baby and pick it up off the ground. A passer-by recorded the incident on his mobile phone and later uploaded it to Facebook.
The video clip went viral with over two million views in just a few hours. Authorities were quick to launch an investigation to find out about the baby’s parents and ascertain the reason for the incident.
Utica Police Department was successful in tracking the little one’s mother, 27-year-old Ledrika E. Ford, from Milgate St. The mother told officers that she had no idea how her child ended up on the street alone.
The woman claimed that the child was secured in the back seat of her car when she and a relative left the area but had “gotten out of the car somehow” when she turned to look in the back.
She went back to the location and started looking for the child.
The Child Protective Services paid a visit to Ford’s home after authorities notified the agency. The family lived about five blocks away from where the incident occurred.
The following day, the nine-month-old baby, and his siblings, aged one, two, and five, were removed from Ford’s custody, according to Lt. Bryan Coromato of the Utica Police Department.
The mother is not in police custody but is facing a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. She is scheduled to appear in court on March 23 and could face up to a year in prison if convicted.