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Ex con saves baby: Bryant Collins finds baby on side of road, comforts her

Bryant and the toddler
Bryant and the toddler
NBC News

An ex-con saved a baby that he found on the side of the road in Georgia. According to FOX News, Bryant Collins was driving along Highway 72 in Carlton on Friday. Whilst driving, he noticed something on the side of the road that no one would ever expect -- a 15-month-old baby. Without thinking, Collins pulled his car over and jumped out to get the baby out of harm's way.

Collins recalled:

"I had seen something out of the corner of my eye, and I thought it was a baby. I just stopped and, when I got out, there was a baby…almost in the highway."

When an ex-con saves a baby, everyone has questions, right? Well, to answer some of them, Bryant Collins served ten years for manufacturing cocaine. He has been free and clean for over five years, and is apparently a changed man. He works as an auto repair man -- and likely never expected to be called a "hero."

Collins took the girl in the car with him and called 911. Whilst waiting two hours for police to arrive, he entertained the child, and played gospel music when she started getting fussy. Once police arrived, they found out where the girl had wandered from -- her home that was 300 yards away. Police confronted her father, Timothy Pickens, 37, who got flippant with them and was taken into custody. He was charged with child cruelty, reckless conduct, and obstruction. The child's mother said that her other children -- ages 13, 9, and 5 -- were supposed to be keeping an eye on the baby. She may also be charged in the case.

The ex-con that saved the baby added:

"It made me feel good that I could be in society and I could do good. Just as you can do bad, you can do good."