Bryant Collins, a resident of Madison County, Ga., had the surprise of a lifetime this past Friday. While on the job as an auto repairman, Collins spotted a baby on the side of highway 72 in Georgia.
As the man recalled to local news network 11 Alive, "I just stopped and, when I got out, there was a baby … almost in the highway."
The baby, whose name has yet to be released, had apparently crawled from her parents' house, trudged through 300 yards of woods, and almost made it on to the highway when Collins spotted her.
The Good Samaritan acted immediately, scooping her up into his arms before danger could befall her. According to Mr. Collins, the child was crying as he took her to safety, so he played her gospel music from his smartphone. Incredibly, the child "calmed right down".
Sheriff of Madison County Kip Thomas commented on just how lucky the child was to be in fair condition at this point in time.
“Honestly that’s almost a miracle," the sheriff remarked, "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 stayed with the baby for over two hours, making sure she was in good hands while the police showed up on the scene. Collins, who is the hero in this story, has a rather imperfect record.
“I did ten years in the federal institution for manufacturing cocaine,” said Collins of his past. “When I was in prison, I made a very conscientious effort to change, and I did.”
It is clear that this ex-convict has more than reformed himself, and is now an upstanding (baby-saving) citizen of Madison County, Ga.
As for the baby's family, police have arrested the baby's father, and are considering placing the mother under arrest as well.