Auto repairman Bryant Collins was driving along Georgia Highway 72 when he spotted a baby crawling towards the fog line around 10 a.m. on June 13. Collins stopped his vehicle, picked up the baby and played gospel music on his phone inside of his vehicle to ease her tears until police arrived.
"The child had multiple insect bites and scratches apparently after crawling through the terrain for more than hour and falling down an about 15-foot embankment near the highway," reports the Athens Banner-Herald. The 15-month-old crawled an estimated 300-yards from her home.
The baby girl's father, Timothy Pickens, 37, was handcuffed after becoming physical with a deputy on the scene when he was told to stay back while she received medical treatment. "The father was transported to jail and charged with cruelty to children, reckless conduct and obstruction," further reports the Athens Banner-Herald.
The unidentified mother told officials that their three other children, ages 13, 9, 5, were responsible for babysitting. After about an hour, the mother reportedly went inside the home where the baby was found to be missing.
The Department of Family and Children Services released the baby to her mother for further treatment, however, the woman is expected to face charges as well.