Over $64,000 Raised For Homeless Mom Arrested For Leaving Kids In Car During Interview
A homeless woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, who was arrested last for week on felony child abuse charges for leaving her two young children locked in a car to attend a job interview is receiving an outpour of support.
As we reported last week, Shanesha Taylor, 35, was arrested after a witness reported a 2-year-old boy and 6-month-old boy inside of an SUV alone with the engine off, doors locked and each of the four windows slightly cracked.
When the mother returned to the car 45 minutes later, the police arrested her, her children were taken to Child Protective Services and she is now facing felony child abuse charges.
As the story made headlines, many were outraged by the harsh punishment of the mother trying to make ends meet.
Taylor’s story and tear-stained mugshot was especially touching to 24-year-old Amanda Bishop.
“Like everybody else, I saw the mugshot and the mugshot really touched me like it has for people all over the world,” Bishop said.
Bishop started a campaign on YouCaring.com for the struggling mom of Friday. The original goal for the fundraiser was $9,000, but the donations quickly surpassed that goal. The effort has raised $64,902 as of 1:45 p.m. today.
“Thank you all so much for your donations and help. I too am struggling to keep my head above water and can relate to all your stories and offers,”stated Bishop. “This is an experience I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. I have never been a part of such an amazing community and even international outreach. It’s something I stand back in awe of everyday.”
Bishop says Taylor’s mother will have control of the money. It will go into her bank account and aid with bail, legal fees and to support the children.
Taylor remains in jail. Her first court hearing is scheduled today (March 31).
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