Bryant Collins was on his way to go fix a stranded car when he noticed something unusual on the shoulder of a Georgia Highway.
Collins told 11Alive, “I had seen something out of the corner of my eye and I thought it was a baby. I just stopped and there was a baby…almost in the highway.”
Collins stopped immediately, swopped up the little girl and called 911 to report his discovery. Collins who spent 10 years in prison for cocaine manufacturing said, “I’ve been in a lot of bad situations but I’ve never seen that.”
While he was in prison Collins decided to turn his life around, stating that he wasn’t going to leave prison the same way he entered it.
Today, Collins is a repairman. And after rescuing the child, he waited two hours for emergency personnel to get to him on Highway 72. In the meantime, he soothed the crying 15 month old with gospel music. “I turned my phone on and let her listen to some music and she calmed right down.”
The Sheriff who investigated the case says the little girl crawled 300 yards- almost a quarter of a mile- through the woods and onto the shoulder of the highway. The Sheriff 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.”
Amazing, indeed but also troubling that her parents allowed her to get this far.
The little girl’s father Timothy Pickens, has been arrested and her mother may face charges as well.
Collins is just happy he was at the right place at the right time. He told 11 Alive that he’s been out of prison and drug free for the past five years and said, “It made me feel good that I could be in society and do good. Just as well as you can do bad, you can do good, you know?”
You can watch the video of Collins and the wandering baby in the video below.