Since then, we've learned more about the teenage mother. She lives in a mobile home near the noisy tracks. With two toddlers, she's a stay-at-home mom. Her husband works at a local pizza restaurant, but his hours were cut to three days a week. "We've been struggling pretty much since we moved here," she said. Before the rescue, someone broke into their home and stole money meant for bills. "We try to stay positive about it," she said. "We don't want to stress out in front of the kids." Ashley never expected anyone to notice her heroic deed, and was surprised when the Country Market in nearby Chatham offered her a free three-minute shopping spree. An employee pushed her cart as she sprinted from aisle to aisle.
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