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Posted by on Mar. 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM
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Shanesha Taylor, Homeless Single Mom, Arrested After Leaving Kids In Car While On Job Interview

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A homeless single mother in Arizona who struggled to make ends meet is in jail after she allegedly left her children in her car while she went on a job interview.

Shanesha Taylor was arrested on felony child abuse charges after Scottsdale police discovered her two kids, aged 2 years old and 6 months old, in a locked car.

Scottsdale police responded after a witness reported a child crying from inside a Dodge Durango parked at an office complex on March 20. Police said that two children were left along in the car with the engine off and the windows slightly cracked. The car was left parked in the sun and all the doors were closed.

AZFamily reports that the kids had already been in the car for 30 minutes when police arrived. Police said 35-year-old Taylor returned from her job interview about 45 minutes after officers came to the scene. She said she didn't have anyone else to care for the kids while she was on an interview at an insurance company.

"She was upset. This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless. She needed the job," Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark told KPHO. "Obviously not getting the job. So it's just a sad situation."

Taylor was arrested on two felony counts of child abuse. She remains in jail, and her children have been put in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Taylor's arrest has spurred an online fundraising drive to help with her legal expenses, according to WTOP. At time of writing Friday, it had more than 975 supporters, and had raised more than $27,000 -- three times more than its $9,000 goal.

The fundraising site acknowledges that Taylor made a "terrible mistake" but urges compassion.

"There are a lot of us who feel she was just a victim to what an economy like this is putting struggling families through," Amanda Bishop, who organized the fundraiser, told KMGH.

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cjsmom1
by Platinum Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM
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This woman made a huge mistake leaving her kids in the car. They are way too young to ever be left alone. It's sad because she was trying to do something to better her situation and in a desperate attempt left them in a car alone. Her mug shot didn't paste but she was in tears as they took the picture. I think this highlights a huge problem that many single moms face when there really is no one to help.

I hope she gets some of the money that was raised and she uses it to get herself in a better situation.

kitty8199
by on Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM
I can't respond. I don't know what to think.
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cjsmom1
by Platinum Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

At first those were my thoughts too. There's never a reason to leave young kids in a car unattended because so much can go wrong. Yet, she was doing what she had to in order to try to support her kids. It's just a sad situation

Quoting kitty8199: I can't respond. I don't know what to think.


kitty8199
by on Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM
I know. Maybe if she explained the situation to the employer She could've had them sit in the corner or something.

Quoting cjsmom1:

At first those were my thoughts too. There's never a reason to leave young kids in a car unattended because so much can go wrong. Yet, she was doing what she had to in order to try to support her kids. It's just a sad situation

Quoting kitty8199: I can't respond. I don't know what to think.

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virginiamama71
by Carrie on Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Was she staying in a homeless shelter?

virginiamama71
by Carrie on Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

 I agree, even if this lessen her chance to get the job at least she would not be in this situation she is in now.

And she said she was homeless. If she was staying at a shelter she could have talked to those in charge. Many people at the homeless shelters are out searching for jobs, on government assistant programs and they would have known of someone in the community or thru Social Services who could help her arrange child care for an hour or two for no charge cause it was for a good reason.

Quoting kitty8199: I know. Maybe if she explained the situation to the employer She could've had them sit in the corner or something.
Quoting cjsmom1:

At first those were my thoughts too. There's never a reason to leave young kids in a car unattended because so much can go wrong. Yet, she was doing what she had to in order to try to support her kids. It's just a sad situation

Quoting kitty8199: I can't respond. I don't know what to think.

 

 

kitty8199
by on Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM
You would think a shelter would help with interviews.

Quoting virginiamama71:

 I agree, even if this lessen her chance to get the job at least she would not be in this situation she is in now.


And she said she was homeless. If she was staying at a shelter she could have talked to those in charge. Many people at the homeless shelters are out searching for jobs, on government assistant programs and they would have known of someone in the community or thru Social Services who could help her arrange child care for an hour or two for no charge cause it was for a good reason.


Quoting kitty8199: I know. Maybe if she explained the situation to the employer She could've had them sit in the corner or something.
Quoting cjsmom1:

At first those were my thoughts too. There's never a reason to leave young kids in a car unattended because so much can go wrong. Yet, she was doing what she had to in order to try to support her kids. It's just a sad situation


Quoting kitty8199: I can't respond. I don't know what to think.

 


 

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Nisha929
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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I saw this posted in another group and I didn't respond because I have mixed feelings. I find it hard to believe that there is absolutely no one that could have watched her children. I've been in a shelter before and the staff there would watch our kids while we did things (shopping, housing appointments, house meetings, etc.) so I'm positive someone at the shelter (even another mother) could have watched them.

I did see her mugshot and she was crying. She probably felt like she had no other choice. I hope that she does find employment and that she gets her children back. She made a mistake (as we all do) but that doesn't make her a bad mother.  

charmgirl
by Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM
There was a post a few days ago about a newly single mom that brought her kids on an interview and everyone bashed her about how unprofessional she was and how they would neverrr hire someone that brought their kids on an interview. I feel bad for her. Its almost the same as a parent stealing a loaf of bread because their family is starving.

Quoting kitty8199: I know. Maybe if she explained the situation to the employer She could've had them sit in the corner or something.

Quoting cjsmom1:

At first those were my thoughts too. There's never a reason to leave young kids in a car unattended because so much can go wrong. Yet, she was doing what she had to in order to try to support her kids. It's just a sad situation

Quoting kitty8199: I can't respond. I don't know what to think.

cjsmom1
by Platinum Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM

The article didn't say so I have nno diea. It's something I was wondering about too

Quoting virginiamama71:

Was she staying in a homeless shelter?


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