A Good Samaritan is being credited with rescuing a baby from the side of a “very busy” Louisiana highway, just moments after a man allegedly dropped the child off in its infant carrier in road’s median and sped away.

“I looked back and he took off leaving the child there, so I flipped a U-turn in the grass to get to the baby,” Luke Dufrene, 23, told The Courier.  

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Dillon Terrebonne, 27, is now facing charges of domestic abuse with child endangerment and unauthorized use of a vehicle after allegedly assaulting the baby’s mother before abandoning the child on U.S. Highway 90 in Raceland, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement,

Capt. Brennan Matherne, the public information officer for the sheriff’s office, described the “very busy” highway to as the “only U.S. Highway that passes through our Parish” with a speed limit of 65 mph. 

“It would be dangerous for even an adult pedestrian walking along the highway, let alone a small child,” he said.

Authorities said Terrebonne had been driving the woman’s SUV on Feb. 25, with her and the baby inside, when a fight brought out between the pair. Terrebonne stopped along the highway, got out of the SUV and walked to the passenger side of the vehicle where he allegedly “began striking the woman in the head and strangled her.”

“The woman was able to free herself from Terrebonne and exit the vehicle,” the sheriff’s office stated.

Terrebonne quickly got back into the car and began driving off. He stopped a short time later and deposited the baby, still in the infant carrier seat, “on the side of the highway” and kept driving westbound while the baby’s mother was frantically running toward her baby, authorities said.

Dufrene intervened to keep the child safe.

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