Mother of baby found on Bleecker Street appears in court, pleads not guilty

The woman whose nine-month-old baby was found in the middle of Bleecker Street two weeks ago appeared in Utica City Court Friday morning.

Posted: Mar 23, 2018 12:47 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2018 2:45 PM

UTICA – The woman whose nine-month-old baby was found in the middle of Bleecker Street two weeks ago appeared in Utica City Court Friday morning.

Ledrika Ford pleaded not guilty to acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 years old, two weeks after a video was circulating around Facebook showing a baby who was found in the middle of Bleecker Street on the night of March 9. 

Ford spoke with NEWSChannel 2 several days after the incident to give her side of the story, saying that her aunt put the baby in a car seat but didn’t strap the child in, and the baby fell from the vehicle when Ford turned a corner because the passenger-side doors on the vehicle don’t reliably close.

Ford is scheduled to appear in Utica City Court again on April 19 for a pre-trial conference.

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