There's good news and there's bad news. The bad news is that a naked 24-year-old man was seen wandering down a South Carolina highway carrying a naked baby -- Anthony Michael Hedger was spotted weaving in and out of traffic holding his nude 13-month-old son. It's reported he also bit the toddler when cops tried to take the child out of his hands. Not good. Not good at all.
But there is some good news.
Before the cops showed up, the irrational man was found along a treeline near the highway and started to retreat into the forest, scratching himself and his son in the process, but quick-thinking and concerned citizens detained him until the police arrived.
When the authorities finally got their hands on Hedger, that's when he bit the boy so hard, redness and bruising were readily visible. After wrangling the child away from his father, the toddler was transferred to the hospital and the father was taken downtown. He's currently being held with a $10,000 bond. The child was released from the hospital and is now with his mother.
Not much is known about this naked dad's mental state, but suffice it to say, whether it was a psychotic break based on a mental illness or drug use, something was not right. His behavior was erratic -- walking naked with your naked toddler on a highway is not sane conduct -- and hopefully he gets the help he needs to regain some perspective.
I wonder, though, what would've happened if those bystanders hadn't surrounded Hedger and detained him? Who knows what that man was capable of, and who knows what could've happened to him and that baby.
These people (and the cops who tore the baby away from his naked, biting dad) deserve a medal, or at least a pat on the back and a cold beer. They did the right thing, and prevented a lot more potential danger. Kudos, South Carolinian highway people!
Photo via Greenville County Detention Center