MADISON COUNTY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — An ex-convict that spent 10 years behind bars saved a 15-month-old baby that nearly crawled onto the highway.

WXIA-TV reports that Bryant Collins found the baby girl on the side of Highway 72 after she crawled through the woods, 300 yards from her Madison County home.

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

Collins, who stayed with the baby for two hours after authorities arrived, played her gospel music in an effort to calm her down.

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

Madison County Sheriff Kip Thomas said the child was not hurt despite crawling 300 yards through the woods.

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

Collins, who is an auto repairman, has been clean of drugs for five years after spending time in prison for manufacturing cocaine.

“I did 10 years in the federal institution for manufacturing cocaine,” Collins told WXIA. “When I was in prison, I made a very conscientious effort to change, and I did.”

The baby’s father, Timothy Pickens, was arrested and the mother is also expected to get charged.


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