Montgomery teens honored after finding abandoned baby - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Montgomery teens honored after finding abandoned baby

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Montgomery City leaders honored three teens Tuesday for their quick actions that saved an infant's life. They found an abandoned baby and quickly called police.

The teens received a standing ovation and claps of praise, but say their split decision to rescue an abandoned 5-month old baby came straight for their hearts.

"I just did it to save the baby, because he could have died that day," Kenterius Hilton said.

"God put us in the right place at the right time to save the baby," Deonta Martin said. "He didn't have on no shirt, no pants; just a diaper. And ants were on his side and on his stomach."

Kenterius Hilton, Darius Johnson and Deonta Martin, all Lanier High School students, say they were heading to play basketball at Bellingrath gym when they heard a baby crying behind a church sign.

"The same baby sock we saw two weeks ago is still there, along with a baby bottle top," they explained.

"So we just grabbed the baby and emptied out the baby bag and got stuff to wipe the ants off and then we picked the baby up and carried it to Bellingrath," Johnson recalled.

Mayor Todd Strange, Councilman David Burkette and Montgomery Public Schools board member Robert Porterfield say their heroic act and Good Samaritan deed earned them recognition.

"These young men have shown good citizenship, character and commitment to just be good people in our neighborhoods," said Montgomery Public School board member Robert Porterfield.

Now, the teens have a target of their own called "Taking Action Together" or T.A.T. It's a teen group that would form in the community to keep an eye out for crime with a goal of bettering their neighborhood.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Council votes to keep Bay Street business closed

    Council votes to keep Bay Street business closed

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-09-20 02:39:47 GMT

    An old gas station on Bay Street will stay closed, but future growth on the Hattiesburg corridor is still an option.

    More >>

    An old gas station on Bay Street will stay closed, but future growth on the Hattiesburg corridor is still an option.

    More >>
  • Hattiesburg warns residents of email scam

    Hattiesburg warns residents of email scam

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:26 PM EDT2017-09-20 02:26:45 GMT
    Example of scam email Source: City of HattiesburgExample of scam email Source: City of Hattiesburg
    The City of Hattiesburg warned its residents about an email scam making its rounds on Tuesday.  "Today, a Hattiesburg resident made city officials aware of an email scam regarding parking tickets," read the email from the city.  All tickets issued by Hattiesburg's Parking Division are paper and will not be delivered electronically, according to city clerk Kermas Eaton. Residents should be careful to pay attention to any email or phone correspondents asking for pe...More >>
    The City of Hattiesburg warned its residents about an email scam making its rounds on Tuesday.  "Today, a Hattiesburg resident made city officials aware of an email scam regarding parking tickets," read the email from the city.  All tickets issued by Hattiesburg's Parking Division are paper and will not be delivered electronically, according to city clerk Kermas Eaton. Residents should be careful to pay attention to any email or phone correspondents asking for pe...More >>
  • State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-09-20 01:13:39 GMT
    State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his office is currently engaged in several public corruption investigations, which have led to several arrests in No...

    More >>

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his

    More >>
Powered by Frankly