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Ex-con saves baby found on side of highway

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MADISON COUNTY, GA -

(WXIA / NBC) - Long ago, Bryant Collins learned the value of choosing the right path.

"I've been in a lot of bad situations," he admitted.

But this past Friday, Collins found, on the side of Highway 72 in Georgia, a chance to save a life.

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

"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. 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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