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The Utica Police Department responded Friday night to a video posted on Facebook of an unattended 9-month-old child on Bleecker Street, according to a news release from the Utica Police Department.
“(The) Utica Police Department became aware of a video posted to Facebook showing an infant in the roadway unattended,” said Lt. Bryan Coromato via the release. “Once the video was brought to our attention an investigation was immediately initiated.”
The video shows several citizens attending to the child, according to Coromato. After a search that lasted several hours, authorities found the mother and child on the 500 block of Milgate Street.
The mother, who is 17, told officials that she and a relative were unaware of how her child ended up in the street.
“They immediately returned to the area of (Bleecker Street) where they located her child,” Coromato wrote.
Coromato said that the mother “advised officers that the infant was secured in the rear of a vehicle that she was in when they left a location on (Bleecker Street).”
“A short time later, she looked to the back seat and found that the child was not there,” Coromato added.
The child was evaluated at a local hospital, and the mother was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Coromato said. He added that Oneida County Child Protective Services was notified and that all four children have been removed from the mother’s custody.
“The Utica Police Department would like to thank the citizens in the video who attended to the child showing their caring and compassionate spirit of the City of Utica,” Coromato said.
On – 10 Mar, 2018 By Observer Dispatch