A nine-month-old baby was found by strangers crawling on a busy road. He has since been removed from his mother’s care.
Footage posted to Facebook by user Rn Jay shows the baby in the middle of a busy New York road while good Samaritans stop their cars to attend to him.
One man is seen in the video picking the baby up while others are heard talking about how to handle the situation.
The man who took the video then turns the camera on himself.
“That’s what people do now – leave their kids in the street?” he asks.
Just before the video ends, a woman can be heard in the background saying “that’s my baby, that’s my baby”.
City of Utica, NY Police Department later released a statement saying they had charged the baby’s mother, Ledrika Ford, for endangering the welfare of a child.
All four of her children have since been removed from her care.
Police say they began investigating the incident after they were made aware of the Facebook video.
The mother claims the infant was secured in the rear of a vehicle that she was in but a short time later, she looked to the back seat and found that the child was not there.
The pair then say they immediately returned to the area where they last saw the child, finding him with the group of strangers.
Poor little bubba. Breaks your heart.
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