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Utica mother charged after baby found in street

12 March 2018

At the end of the video a woman can be heard in the background saying, "That's my baby, that's my baby".

Police in upstate NY have arrested a woman after her 9-month-old baby was found crawling in a busy roadway.

Police launched an investigation shortly after learning about the video.

Ford told police she was unsure how her baby ended up in the street and told officers that she thought the infant was in the back of her vehicle, police said.

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It was only after realizing (but when???) that the child wasn't there (after the child managed to open the door???), Ford returning to the area of Pellettieri Ave. and Bleecker St. where she encountered the crowd and retrieved the boy. She said she then turned around and found her child at a cross street in NY.

Police said Ford then immediately returned to Bleecker Street and reunited with her child, which could also be heard in the video filmed by Rn Jay.

"Baby in the street, that's what we do in Utica now", he says.

'A short time later, she looked to the back seat and found that the child was not there.

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Ford was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, Child Protective services were notified and the child was evaluated at the local hospital.

Subsequently, two Utica Police officers along with two workers from Oneida County Child Protective Services met with Ladrika Ford on Saturday afternoon for about two hours. One man picks up the child.

Ladrika Ford is due back in court on Friday, March 23.

While someone called the police, another picked up the baby to comfort it when it began crying.

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The Utica mom told the authorities that she doesn't know how her son managed to get out of the auto.

Utica mother charged after baby found in street