The video footage from the incident Thursday was taken in the southern tourist town of Antalya and shown on Turkish television channels. It shows a baby crawling out of the arms of his mother, who had fallen asleep while begging on the sidewalk.
The baby is seen climbing down the sidewalk and sitting on the side of the highway, just a couple of feet away from passing vehicles in heavy highway traffic.
Anatolia news agency says drivers called the police, who returned the baby to his mother. She was released after a short time in custody.