If it wasn’t for Bryant Collins, a child would probably be dead.  As Collins was driving on Highway 72 in Madison County, GA, he saw something along the side of the highway so he pulled over to investigate. That something turned out to be a 15-month-old baby that crawled through the woods, 300 yards from home, and nearly onto Highway 72.

“I had seen something out of the corner of my eye, and I thought it was a baby,” Collins recalled. “I just stopped and, when I got out, there was a baby … almost in the highway.”

Collins said his first reaction was, “‘What the hell is going on? A baby?'”  He then jumped into action. After retrieving the child, he called 911. Once police arrived the child’s father, Timothy Pickens was arrested, and most likely the mother will be arrested too.

Collins stayed with the baby for two hours.

“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.”

The child was not hurt, according to Madison County sheriff Kip Thomas.

“Everything was pretty much superficial that we saw,” Thomas said, “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.”


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