Mother of infant found on Utica street charged


A Utica woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of her infant after a passersby found the child crawling in the street Friday night and a video was posted to Facebook.

Police said the 9-month-old baby was found crawling in a city street at 10:30 p.m. Friday wearing pajamas, and several people stopped to help the child. One person made a recording of the child in the street and posted it to Facebook, and police were notified about the video.

Police said they conducted a search for the woman and the child and eventually located them on Milgate Street.

The mother was identified as Ledrika E. Ford, 27, and she told police she did not know how her child ended up in the street, authorities said. Ford told police that the child was secured in the back seat of her vehicle after leaving Bleecker Street, but when she looked into the back seat a short time later, the child was gone.

Ford told police she immediately returned to Bleecker Street and found her child.

Ford is charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, police said. The child was evaluated at a local hospital.

Police said Ford is scheduled to appear in City Court and the Child Protective Services was notified.


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