The New York authorities charged a 27-year-old Utica mom with endangering a child’s welfare after a viral video showed her 9-month-old toddler crawling in the middle of a busy road. Child Protective Services were notified, and the toddler along with his siblings was removed from the woman’s custody.
Utica Mom Said She Secured the Toddler in Car Before Leaving
On Friday, the authorities arrested 27-year-old Ledrika Ford for leaving her child unattended after she left her vehicles.
According to the authorities, on that day, at approximately 10:30 p.m. several people passing by an Upstate New York road saw a 9-month-old toddler crying and crawling, as the vehicles tried to avoid him.
Some concerned citizens went to comfort the toddler and ensure that he wasn’t hit by the passing vehicles. When one of them returned from his car with a blanket to keep the child warm, 27-year-old Ford ran towards the man, telling him that it was her baby.
The authorities arrived after a couple of minutes and placed the woman under arrest. During her police interview, the Utica mom told the investigators that she had to pay a visit to someone on Bleecker Street and that before leaving the son in the car, she made sure that all doors and windows are closed.
Moreover, the woman declared that she doesn’t know how her son ended up crawling down the busy road. The whole event was captured on tape and posted on several social media channels, including Facebook.
Following the woman’s confession, the Child Protective Services were notified and, on Saturday, the toddler and three other children, ages 1, 2, and five were removed from the Utica mom’s custody.
The woman was released from jail but is scheduled to appear before the court on the 23rd of March to answer for one charge of endangering a child’s welfare.
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