CARLTON, Ga. -- The father of a 1-year-old girl was arrested after she was found crawling along Georgia Highway 72.
The child was rescued by a Carlton man who told deputies he was driving from Elberton about 10 a.m. Friday when he spotted the child crawling along the fog line of the highway, according to a Madison County sheriff’s report. The man stopped, placed the crying child inside his vehicle and called 911, deputies said.
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, according to the report.
Two deputies and a ranger with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources responded to the location and the Department of Family and Children Services was notified.
While deputies were investigating, 37-year-old Timothy Pickens came walking up to the scene “screaming that’s my child,” officers said.
Deputies said Pickens was told to stay back while medical treatment was rendered, but he screamed at the officers and pushed a deputy as he tried to reach the man holding the baby.
At that point, deputies said they placed Pickens in handcuffs.
The child’s mother arrived and explained that she and her husband went outside the house and left the child in the care of their other children, ages 13, 9 and 5, according to the report.
The mother said she was outside about an hour and upon going back inside the house she could not find the child and called 911 for assistance, officers said.
A DFACS worker arrived and after discussing the matter with the parents, the worker decided to release the child to the mother so she could take the child for medical treatment.
The father was transported to jail and charged with cruelty to children, reckless conduct and obstruction.