Man saves child crawling near highway

MADISON COUNTY, Georgia (WXIA) – Long ago, Bryant Collins learned the value of choosing the right path.

“I’ve been in a lot of bad situations,” he admits.

But this past Friday, Collins found, on the side of the road, a chance to save a life.

“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.”

After calling 911 Collins stayed with the baby for two hours as emergency crews checked her out.

“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.”

On this day he is a hero. But Collins could never have saved the life of this baby if he had not, long ago, saved his own.

“I did ten years in the federal institution for manufacturing cocaine,” he said. “When I was in prison, I made a very conscientious effort to change, and I did.”

Collins has been free and clean for five years. And it was in his new job, as an auto repairman, that he found himself on the side of the road, a baby’s life literally in his hands.

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