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Homeless Mother Gets Job Interview, Leaves kids In Car, Ends Up In Jail

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM
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Shanesha Taylor, 35



Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless. So when she got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect. But when you’re homeless, there isn’t always an easy way to take an hour off from watching your kids to be at an interview. That’s how Taylor, 35, wound up losing her children to Child Protective Service — and losing out on the potential job.

Taylor was charged with two felony counts of child abuse for leaving her six-month-old and two-year-old in a car with the windows cracked last Thursday for at least 45 minutes as she sat in an interview for a potential job. She told officers that she was homeless, so she couldn’t leave her children in the house, and she had no one else to watch them.

“She was upset,” Sargent Mark Clark, Public Information Officer for Scottsdale Police, told WFSB. “This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless, she needed the job. Obviously, not getting the job. So it’s just a sad situation.”

Taylor remains in jail, an official from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office confirmed, and will likely remain there until her first court date.

It is undeniably very unsafe to leave a child in a locked car. Thirty-eight children suffer heat-related deaths every year from being locked in a vehicle, according to Kids and Cars. But Taylor’s story raises an important issue: People in her situation are left with only bad options.

“It’s reasonable to turn the lens back on us,” Shahera Hyatt, Project Director for the California Homeless Youth Project, told ThinkProgress. “What did we do to not help her find childcare when she had that appointment?”

Hyatt points to her own state, California, which has cut 110,000 subsidized child care slots, about a quarter of the total spots in the program, since 2008, leaving low-income parents with few feasible options for child care on short notice.

Arizona’s child care situation for its low-income residents is, if anything, worse than California’s. In the past four years, the state has cut 40 percent of its total child care budget, $81 million, which led to an estimated 33,000 children who would otherwise be eligible for subsidized care to go without it. (By the numbers, that’s less than California — but Arizona’s population is about one fifth of the Golden State’s.) Between 2012 and 2013, there was a decrease in the number of children served for every single child care program in the stateexcept for Child Protective Services.

But even when child care programs are available, the system to help out parents like Taylor isn’t always responsive enough. “There’s not really a great infrastructure to provide things like that, like child care. Mom got an interview this week? She might be on a waiting list for a really long time. She can’t do it at the last minute,” Hyatt said.

Homeless people also struggle with more than child care when looking for work — they can have difficulty finding an internet connection to apply to job or transportation to get to interviews, clean clothes, or a place to put their belongings. And once they land a job offer, they can run into even more problems, especially if they don’t have things like an ID or birth certificate. It’s a vicious cycle; not having a job perpetuates homelessness, which can in turn make it even harder to find a job.

This is likely the position Taylor found herself in when she had the opportunity to interview last week. She is probably “not an evil, criminal, bad woman,” Hyatt added. “She is just trying to do the right thing.”

http://www.wfsb.com/story/25039302/az-mom-leaves-her-2-young-kids-in-hot-car-during-job-interview

by on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM
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AKDlove
by on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:22 AM
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She could have explained the situation to the potential employer and told her she would be looking into daycare assistance.

She got what she deserved.

LiveinJoy
by on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM
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I have a tremendous amount of sympathy for her.
MANILOVE
by Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM
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Easy for you to say, you not in her shoes.

Quoting AKDlove:

She could have explained the situation to the potential employer and told her she would be looking into daycare assistance.

She got what she deserved.

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:32 AM

 That's really sad.  Where are her parents?  Where is her husband - or the man who fathered those kids?  How does this happen?

angelizedsinz
by Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:32 AM
What a sad situation to be in.
-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM
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Quote:

Taylor was charged with two felony counts


And now, practically any chance of improving herself or situation is gone.

AllofFive19
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM
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If she would've told the potential employer she didn't have child care she would've been out of a job anyway.

Quoting AKDlove:

She could have explained the situation to the potential employer and told her she would be looking into daycare assistance.

She got what she deserved.


slashteddy
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM
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That poor woman. :(
jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:45 AM
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That mug shot broke my heart. Poor woman.
shuturpiehole
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:51 AM
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Quoting jessilin0113: That mug shot broke my heart. Poor woman.


I've been homeless and it was part of the reason I lost custody of 2 of my kids. Her face shows she has lost all hope. :(


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