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Baby: Georgia Highway Rescue of Crawling Tot Makes Former Felon a Hero

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 03:49 PM

After picking up a 15-month-old baby girl who had crawled near a busy Georgia highway a quarter mile from her home late last week, a former prison inmate is being called a hero.

Bryant Collins, an auto mechanic, said he saw something out of the corner of his eye while driving on Highway 72 on his way to fix a broken-down vehicle and realized it was a small child along the shoulder of the road.

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“I just stopped and, when I got out, there was a baby … almost in the highway," Collins told 11 Alive News, adding that he immediately called 911.

Until crews could arrive two hours later, he said he did his best to keep the little girl calm.

"The baby started crying," Collins said, "so I turned my phone on and let her listen to some gospel music, and she calmed right down."

Collins served 10 years in federal prison for cocaine manufacturing and has been out of prison and drug-free for five years.

"It made me feel good that I could be in society and do good," he said. "Just as well as you can do bad, you can do good, you know?"

Madison County sheriff Kip Thomas said he was surprised the child didn’t sustain more serious injuries.

"Everything was pretty much superficial that we saw," Thomas said, according to the news station. "Honestly that's almost a miracle: that a 15-month-old can go that far from her house, into the woods, fall down an embankment, wind up near a major highway, and really not get hurt that bad."

The baby's father was immediately arrested and the mother may face charges as well.

Twitter users had kind words for the hero.







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