Former convict finds baby crawling along busy highway and calms her with gospel music
We all make decisions that we are not proud of, but that doesn’t mean we can’t or won’t change for the better.
Bryant Collins is one great example.
Collins lived a life that was chaotic and sad. This has led him to misuse substances, and eventually, he was caught by the authorities. Collins spent a decade in federal lockup.
According to him, he has seen so many bad situations in his life, but nothing had prepared him when he saw a baby crawling on the side of Highway 72.
It has been six years since this event happened, but everyone who reads it still experiences goosebumps.
Bryant Collins, a mechanic from Georgia, was traveling down Highway 72 when something peculiar stuck out in his periphery. He noticed the mass was coming closer to the highway, so he slowly started to press on his brakes. It wasn’t until he came to a halt that he realized what was about to enter the middle of the road: a baby.
Collins was in complete shock at the sight of the 15-month-old curly-haired cutie just wandering the highway by herself. He immediately called 911 and informed them of the incident.
He stayed with her for two full hours as police investigated the situation. Feeling lost, confused and overwhelmed, the baby began to cry while in Collins’ care, so he pulled out his phone to play some worship music for her.
“The baby started crying. Then I turned my phone on and let the baby listen to some Gospel music, and she calmed back down,” he said. “I know gospel music calms me down.”
The two bonded over the two-hour wait and the adorable carrot top became quite comfortable in his presence. “She looked at me like she knew me or something,” said Collins.
While waiting for the authorities, Collins was still shocked about the little girl. What could have happened? Why is the baby crawling on the side of the highway?
If he didn’t see the poor little baby, what could have happened to her?
Soon, Madison County Sheriff Kip Thomas appeared and explained that it looked like the baby was left in the care of her other older siblings. Because they were just kids, they didn’t notice that their little sister crawled away from their home.
The 15-month-old baby girl then crawled away from her home. Then, she crawled 300 yards through the woods before finally reaching Highway 72.
“Honestly, that’s almost a miracle,” Thomas said.
Officers were still checking the baby when suddenly, the baby’s father, Timothy Pickens, came to the station and started scuffling with the police.
It’s still unclear if the baby’s mother will also face charges for what happened to the baby.
Collins was still in shock, but he was glad that he became an instrument for saving the child.
“I did 10 years in the federal institution for manufacturing cocaine,” Collins remembered. “When I was in prison, I made a very conscientious effort to change, and I did.”
I didn’t think it could even be a baby at first,” said Collins. “How could it be a baby out here in the middle of nowhere? But at the same time, while I’m thinking that, my foot is mashing the break so fortunately, thank God nobody was behind me because this is one of the busiest highways in the area, if not the busiest. By the grace of God, there was not even a car coming either way.”
Police discovered that the child had somehow managed to crawl 300 yards from her home through the woods and into the highway. Emergency crews arrived, and her father was arrested immediately.
And he did just that. Collins is now five years clean and sober and works as an auto repairman.
When asked how it felt to be regarded as a hero for his act, Collins called it “nothing extraordinary,” as it was the right thing for anyone to do.
But he did admit that it felt refreshing to redeem his past by doing good for society.
“It made me feel good that I could you know be in society and do good,” he said with a smile. “Just as well as you can do bad, you can do good.”
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