A Georgia man who served ten years for manufacturing cocaine is being credited with saving a 15-month-old baby he found alongside a highway.

Bryant Collins, an auto repair man who says he has been free and clean for five years, spotted the girl crawling alongside a Madison County highway, east of Atlanta.

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

Collins waited two hours until authorities concluded their questions, and played gospel music from his iPhone when the baby cried.

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Story tip from Lisa Bauman