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A Tale of Two Mothers in America in a Post Racial Society

Posted by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM
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A tale of two mothers…. The one with red hair on the left, Catalina Clouser decided to get high and drove for 12 miles with her 2 month old baby on the roof of her car..By the time she realized her baby wasn’t in the car, it was too late.. The baby fell off and was found still in his car seat in the middle of busy freeway.. fortunately unharmed…Clouser was just sentenced and got probation..


Meanwhile in the woman on the right Shanesha Taylor was homeless and trying to get her life on better footing. She had a job interview and could not get anyone to watch her kids ages 2 yrs and 6 months , so she left them in the car, with window open and went inside to do her job interview.. This mom was arrested and charged w/ a felony, her kids were taken away.. Both women live in Arizona..

Two mothers

Read the links, tell me what you think. - MsD

(Also, please note, the title comes from the original piece.)

by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM
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by Ruby Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 5:42 PM
by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I thought Taylor hasn't been convicted yet?

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by Whoopie on Apr. 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM
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Shanesha Taylor (Credit: Scottsdale Police Department)

An Arizona attorney announced Wednesday that he will not drop felony child abuse charges against an unemployed single mother who left her children in a car during a job interview after she couldn’t find childcare.

People in Arizona and across the country have urged Maricopa County Sheriff Bill Montgomery to consider the circumstances — including poverty, housing insecurity and a state-wide lack of access to affordable childcare — that may have led Shanesha Taylor to make such a decision, but he remains unmoved.

“First, they weren’t signatures [on the online petition in support of Taylor]; they were just a list of names,” Montgomery told the Arizona Republic. “So I don’t know whether any of the individuals in their pajamas who logged on to the site and put their name on there really had a clue of all the circumstances involved in this particular case.

“The ‘quote-unquote’ letter addressed to me didn’t mention any of the circumstances that presented those children with jeopardy.”

Taylor’s children were examined at a hospital the day of her arrest, but were uninjured. Taylor’s supporters have acknowledged the very real danger of leaving young children unattended in a hot car and the importance of ensuring they are safe in the care of their mother and family, but have urged state officials to see the case as the product of cuts to social programs that aid families struggling with joblessness and homelessness — not as an individual failing. But like the Maricopa County attorney, the Arizona Legislature has not taken up the call to action.

As Laurie Roberts at the Arizona Republic notes, both the Arizona state House and Senate have rejected proposals to restore child-care subsidies for the working poor. “Roughly 6,000 children are on a waiting list for the subsidies, which were frozen by the Legislature when recession hit,” according to Roberts. Senate President Andy Biggs said recently that the lack of access to affordable childcare for parents struggling to make ends meet is not the responsibility of the government, which, he said, is not obliged to be “compassionate or merciful.”

Taylor has pleaded not guilty to the charges; she faces a maximum penalty of 8 years in prison.

by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Are they the same cities with the same prosecutor?

I see where you want this to go, but until the same person charges them differently...

It is more about the DA than anything else.

by Bronze Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM
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Different cities. Different judges. Different prosecutors. You can't compare the two whatsoever.
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by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM
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 A meth head in AZ. Not surprised. Unforetunately meth head mothers do a lot of shit to their kids and yet the kids are never taken away. Baffles me.

I feel for Shanesha and I do think charges should be reduced at the very least.

People will deny it but race absolutely has an impact in the criminal justice system.

by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM
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Racebait much?

by Mahinaarangi on Apr. 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I cant really find any information on whether both were jailed or just Ms Taylor.  I have read that Ms Taylor was jailed briefly and then bailed by a local church.  The pink haired girl got 16 years probation...which is not a bad sentence.

does she get her kid taken off her even while they worked out the kinks?

If this happened to the pink haired girl....jailed (even briefly), kid taken off her (even briefly) then it doesnt matter what the circumstances are that caused the child abuse...both are bad.  The kids in both could of been killed.

However lenience can make all the difference.  As Ms Taylor has been sentenced yet....its hard to say what the difference will be....and if there is not a lighter sentence than the pink lady...then you have to conclude that race played a part in this.


by Bronze Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM

I thin k is bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I f3eel so HEART broken for this woman the  Black homeless lady just wroung on so many levels :( I hope some one helps her out !!!!!!!!!!!  You can see the pain in her eyes!

by Bazinga! on Apr. 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM


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