A Carlton father was arrested last Friday morning after his one-year old child was found alone crawling along the fog line on a stretch of Hwy. 72, just before the Elbert County line.
Timothy Robert Pickens, 37, was charged with reckless conduct, obstruction and cruelty to children.
Charges are also pending for his wife.
Bryant Collins, of Oglethorpe County, was coming back from Elberton hauling a car when he spotted the baby near the white line on Hwy. 72, in the first big curve after the bridge.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Collins said. “But my foot just mashed the brakes and I jumped out to grab the baby. I thank God nobody was behind me, ‘cause I didn’t even look.”
While Collins was calling 9-1-1, a woman came around the curve and Collins flagged her down. She hopped out to help.
“She thought I’d struck a dog or deer or something at first, and I said ‘nah, I found a baby on the road,’” said Collins.
She also called 9-1-1.
Collins said the baby girl stopped crying when he picked her up. She was covered in what appeared to be ant bites and scratches, but otherwise seemed OK.
Department of Natural Resources ranger Shane Sartor arrived first, followed by deputy Josh Fowler, EMS personnel and others.