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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.

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