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January 29th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Atlanta storm leaves mom stranded with baby for 18 hours

(CNN) - Atlanta mother Kawanna Anthony got on Interstate 285 yesterday around 2:45 p.m. for a drive home that usually takes her 20 minutes. She did not get home for 18 hours.

And the worst part is, she had her 6-month-old daughter in the car with her. Her other daughter was stuck at school, and did not return home until about 8:30 p.m.

The mother, who got home earlier today, only had a few diapers, and just two and half bottles for her baby girl in the car.

"She's fine now. She's happy because she was able to get some more food," said Anthony.

Any parent picturing an 18-hour commute with an infant is wondering: How did Anthony keep herself sane?

"I actually didn't have any food, period, for myself. I had to manage with her bottles that I had from her day care," said Anthony. "It was very hard and it was horrible. And I had never experienced anything like that in my life."

A co-worker posted on Facebook that the young mother needed help, and a couple good Samaritans, Todd and Heather Couch, reached out to her this morning. Heather co-ordinated the pick-up, and Todd drove out to where she was stranded on the highway.

"I just thank God for him. I think he was heaven sent – with me, not having nothing to eat, with me not having any diapers for her, and no milk for her, it was definitely a blessing with him coming to get me," said Anthony.

As of Thursday afternoon, her car was still stuck on the highway.

Anthony says local politicians advising every one to leave work at the same time caused the terrible traffic.

"It was just completely awful out there on the street. Everybody was spinning, and cars (were) turning around, and I was actually scared for my life as well as my daughter," said Anthony.

If we know weather is coming like this, says the young mother, schools should be closed, and everyone should leave work at staggered times.

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