Coromato says the child's 27-year-old mother told investigators the baby was in the back seat of the auto when she left the area but "a short time later" looked back and didn't see her baby.
"Baby in the street, this what we do in Utica", the man who recorded the video, among several who pulled over to help, said into the camera as another man dashed to get a blanket from a vehicle.
An upstate NY mom has been charged after her nine-month-old baby boy was found by strangers crawling alone in the middle of a busy road.
Towards the end of the video, a woman is heard running up an assembled crowd yelling: 'That's my baby!
After the video - which has been viewed 2.2million times - was seen by authorities, police tracked down 27-year-old Ledrika Ford in Utica, which is 500 blocks away. See video, as well as reaction in the comments, of what went down below. Ford said she was with a relative and while they were in the vehicle, the infant was secured in rear seat but sometime after when she turned to look in the back, she saw the toddler was no longer there.
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Ford told officers that when she noticed the baby was gone, she returned to Pellettieri Avenue and Bleecker Street, where strangers were comforting him. 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.
That mother has been identified has 27-year-old Ledrika E. Ford.
The mother told officers that she thought her baby was in her car's backseat. One man picks up the child.
BET reports that police ordered the 9-month-old to be evaluated at a Utica hospital, but there has been no official word on his condition. According to BET, Ford could be heard weeping as the cars holding her kids drove away.
Ladrika Ford is due back in court on Friday, March 23.