Man rescues baby crawling alongside highway; father arrested

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(KPLR) - A Georgia man was at the right place at the right time to save a baby found crawling alongside a highway.

Bryant Collins is now being called a hero for rescuing the 15-month-old girl.

This past Friday, he found a baby on the side of the road.

"When I got out it was a baby almost right here, almost in the highway," he told reporters.

Collins says he thought, 'What the hell is going on? A baby?'

The 15-month-old baby had crawled through the woods, 300 yards from home.

The baby's father, Timothy Pickens was arrested.

The baby's father, Timothy Pickens was arrested.

When emergency crews arrived, they arrested the child's father, Timothy Pickens, and will likely arrest the child's mother as well.

Collins says he stayed with the baby for two hours.  "So the baby started crying then. So I turned my phone on and let the baby listen to some gospel music, and she calmed back down. I know gospel music calm me down," Collins said.

On this day, Collins was a hero, but he says he could have never saved the life of the baby if he hadn't save his own life long ago.

"I did ten years in the federal institution for manufacturing cocaine. While I was in prison, I decided I can't come home like I came to prison."

Collins has been free and clean for five years. And it's in his new job as an auto repairman that he found himself on the roadside, in the right place to save the baby girl.

"It made me feel good that I could be in society and do good, just as well as you can do pad, you can do good, you know."

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