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A 15-month-old who wandered from home was rescued by a man driving along the highway in Madison County, GA. (Source: Handout/WXIA/CNN) A 15-month-old who wandered from home was rescued by a man driving along the highway in Madison County, GA. (Source: Handout/WXIA/CNN)

MADISON COUNTY, GA (WXIA/CNN) - A Georgia man was at the right place at the right time to save a baby found crawling alongside a highway.

Bryant Collins, an ex-felon, is now being hailed as a hero for rescuing the 15-month-old girl.

"I've been in so much trouble. I've been in a lot of bad situations," Collins said. "I've never seen that. When I got out it was a baby almost right here, almost in the highway."

The baby girl had crawled through the woods, 300 yards from home.

Emergency crews arrived, and police arrested the child's father, Timothy Pickens. Police expect to arrest the child's mother, as well.

Collins stayed with the baby for two hours.

"So the baby started crying then," Collins said. "So I turned my phone on and let the baby listen to some gospel music, and she calmed back down. I know gospel music calms me down."

Though he was called a hero, Collins could never have saved the life of this baby if he had not, long ago, saved his own.

"I did 10 years in the federal institution for manufacturing cocaine," Collins said. "While I was in prison, I decided I can't come home like I came to prison."

Collins has been free and clean for five years. It's 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.

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

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