Motorists driving along a busy road in upstate New York were stunned last week when they happened across a 9-month-old baby girl laying in the middle of the street.
According to WKTV, three panicked Good Samaritans stopped and surrounded the child, who was alone and crying in a puddle of spit-up on Bleecker Street in Utica.
One man immediately pulled out his phone and started recording the incident.
One Good Samaritan, who has not been identified, can be heard comforting the child and instructing others to call police.
Before picking up the crying child, he said:
“You're okay. I've got a blanket in the car.”
The man behind the camera, who goes by the name Rn Jay on his Facebook page, eventually turned the camera on himself. He said in the video:
“That's what people do now, you feel me? Leaving their kids in the street.”
Towards the end of the clip, the child's mother can heard shouting “that's my baby, oh my God!” off camera.
On Friday, the motorist who filmed the video posted it to Facebook where it immediately garnered a large number of views. By 10:30 p.m., police started an investigation.
And just hours later, the baby's mother was in police custody, Fox 8 reports.
Ledrika E. Ford, 27, was arrested Friday night and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. But she told police that she didn't know how the infant ended up in the middle of the street.
Utica Police said in a statement:
She advised officers that the infant was secured in the rear of a vehicle that she was in when they left a location on Bleecker St. A short time later, she looked to the back seat and found that the child was not there. They immediately returned to the area of Pellettieri Ave. and Bleecker St. where they located her child.
Ford has four children who are now in the custody of Child Protective Services. She will head to court on March 23.