MADISON COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia man is being hailed as a hero after saving a baby he saw crawling near a highway last Friday.
“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.”
According to WXIA, the 15-month-old baby had crawled through the woods, 300 yards from home, and nearly onto Highway 72.
Collins called 911, and emergency crews arrived.
Police arrested the child’s father, Timothy Pickens, and will likely arrest the child’s mother as well.
The child was not injured.
The baby’s rescuer stayed with her for two hours, even when she started crying.
“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 never thought he’d be hailed a hero. But after doing ten years in the federal institution for manufacturing cocaine, he says he made a “very conscientious effort to change.”
Collins has been free and clean for five years.