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Jessie Gorley, 17, holds her 9-month-old son, Tristin, next to Kris Browning in their home Friday afternoon. Browning took in Gorley, a longtime friend of her daughter, and Gorley’s new son to provide a stable environment for the child.

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17-year-old single mother Jessie Gorley learns to grow up quickly

On Friday afternoon, Jessie Gor­ley, 17, returned home with her son, Tristin, from a Christmas party at the Moffat County Alternative School, which she attends each morning. This holiday will be her first with her son, but it wasn’t that long ago that Christmas presents and decorations were the furthest thing from her mind.


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