Her story proves that there are still good Samaritans in the world. The struggling Scottsdale, AZ mother who was arrested after leaving her small children in a hot car has garnered more than $90,000 in donations from people around the country. Her story gained national attention due to her reason for leaving the children unattended.
On Friday, Mar. 21 Shanesha Taylor’s problems went from bad to worse. The 35-year-old mother was arrested and charged with two counts of felony child abuse after leaving her children in the car. She now faces a two-year minimum in prison for each count. Taylor’s children were also placed into child protective services after her arrest.
According to KPHO, Taylor left her two children – 6-month-old and two-year-old – in her Dodge Durango for approximately 45 minutes during a job interview.
While her actions were, indeed, a violation of the law, many people sympathized with her because her intentions were not ill. Taylor explained to the Scottsdale Police Department that she was seeking employment, occasionally homeless, and unable to afford child care for the children. Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark even admitted that her situation was quite disheartening.
“She was upset. 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,” said Sergeant Clark.
Obviously many people across the United States shared the same sentiments – more than 3,000 to be exact. However, one person in particular stands out – a woman named Amanda Bishop.
According to 11 Alive Atlanta, Bishop, who has also endured the hardships of being a single parent, could definitely relate to Taylor’s troubles. So, she started a fundraiser on YouCaring.com with hopes of raising $9,000 to help Taylor pay her bond. However, the $9,000 goal is actually only a tenth of the total amount donated thus far.
On Tues. Apr. 1, Bishop posted a message from Taylor via Facebook.
“Thank you to all who love and support me. I am home and safe. I was released early monday morning by the grace of god. And the charity of a wonderful church community here in Chandler, AZ. I appreciate everyone who felt move enough to help a complete stranger. I LOVE you all. As to the comments that this fund is fraudelent, please understand there are a lot of people looking to profit from my misfortune. This fund is absolutely real and my first disbursement is pending in my account. Again thank you all for you support. My family and I greatly appreciate it.”
Taylor has reportedly found a stable place to stay, and she’s now working to regain custody of her two children.
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