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Bryant Collins of Madison County, GA, spotted a 15-month-old girl crawling on Highway 72. He stayed with the child until police arrived, calming her by playing gospel music on his phone.

Bryant Collins of Madison County, GA, spotted a 15-month-old girl crawling on Highway 72. He stayed with the child until police arrived, calming her by playing gospel music on his phone. Credit: Screenshot from WTVR
Bryant Collins of Madison County, GA, spotted a 15-month-old girl crawling on Highway 72. He stayed with the child until police arrived, calming her by playing gospel music on his phone. Credit: Screenshot from WTVR

An auto mechanic who says faith saved him from a life dealing drugs is being hailed as a hero for saving a 15-month-old girl crawling along a Georgia highway.

Bryant Collins, 45, of Madison County, GA, spotted the child while driving in his pickup June 13. Authorities say the unattended toddler had crawled 300 yards from her home, through the woods and nearly onto Highway 72.

“I thought it was a baby,” Collins told WTVR. “I just stopped and, when I got out, there was a baby, almost in the highway.”

The child was not seriously injured, but police arrested the child’s father and said charges would likely be filed against her mother.

Collins stayed with the child, keeping her calm while waiting for police to arrive. When the little girl began to cry, he played gospel music on his phone – which did the trick.

“I know gospel music calms me down,” Collins told the TV station.

"It’s extraordinary that somebody would actually look to the side of the road and wait with that child," Shawn Burns, chief deputy sheriff for Madison County, told Patch. "It’s pretty amazing that child wasn’t bitten by a snake and didn’t have an allergic reaction or something. Lucky it wasn’t at night."

Collins, who spent 10 years in prison for manufacturing cocaine, was released in 2009. During his incarceration, he said he chose to change his life, and this proves it.

“It made me feel good that I could be in society and do good,” Collins told the TV station. “Just as well as you can do bad, you can do good.”

Patch reporter Joey Francilus contributed to this story.

The look on this baby's face says "who asked you to interrupt my adventure!" LOL...All is well that ends well.
janh999 June 18, 2014 at 08:16 AM
That child's look is priceless. Fantastic job Mr Collins! U are a hero.
petluvr June 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Your reward for giving your life to Jesus. God's blessings, Sir. Two lives have been spared.
Pischer June 22, 2014 at 01:27 PM
I'm so glad that Bryant Collins saw that child and saw fit to stop and help her. If nothing else, this may show mom and dad that older siblings are not always the best caregivers! (I used to be pressed into service as babysitter for my little brother and I'm afraid I wasn't always the best either. Sometimes I'd forget things, like feeding the kid, but I didn't let him out of the house.)
Elizabeth Elizabeth June 23, 2014 at 07:47 AM
This story is about this wonderful man and proves that although people sometimes make unfortunate choices early in life they matter and are here to serve a higher purpose. It is important for all members of society to rise to whatever occasion they are called to. It will be important for these parents to take an honest look at the second chance they have been given and allow the children in their home to be kids and for them to be the parents. It is not appropriate for parents to pass this type of responsibility for a toddler to other children.

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