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Shoplifter gets year after leaving kids
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Ashley Marie Anderson entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to the charge of shoplifting.

A shoplifter who dashed from Walmart, leaving young children as she ran away, has been given a year in jail.
The woman, Ashley Marie Anderson, 25, entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to the charge of shoplifting. She was directed to serve an 11-month, 29-day sentence at 75 percent before release on probation. She was also directed to stay out of Walmart. The charge of child endangerment was dismissed as part of her plea bargain.
Her sentence comes after she bolted from Walmart after she was confronted by the store’s loss prevention officer who had seen her taking items she did not pay for.
“She was seen running besides Fred’s,” said McMinnville police officer Derrick Dale, who went looking for the suspect along with Lt. Bo Hutchins. “Officer Hutchins found her inside Fred’s and she had the stolen Walmart items in a backpack.”
Officer Dale said when Anderson ran from Walmart, she left behind two children unattended in the parking lot. The children were ages 6 and 9.
The officer pointed out Anderson, along with another woman, two juvenile teens and the two children were in Walmart.
Anderson tried to leave the store with the two small children without paying for merchandise.
Anderson’s relationship to the children was not revealed.