Shanesha Taylor’s life is turning around! The Scottsdale, AZ mom, who made national headlines after leaving her children in a hot car during a job interview, has reportedly regained custody of her three children.
According to the Daily Mail, Taylor attended a custody hearing in a Maricopa County courtroom on Thursday, August 28. The judge has agreed to dismiss the charges of child abuse brought against Taylor. However, the terms are conditional. She has been ordered to complete a series of parenting classes approved by the state of Arizona.
Needless to say, Taylor was elated to hear the news. She briefly spoke with AZ Central where she tried to convey how she feels about having her children back. She also opened up about why she made the difficult decision to leave the children in the car.
“I finally breathed,’ Taylor told AZ Central after the hearing. I don’t think I breathed for three days before that,” Taylor said after the court hearing. “It was me knowing my family was in crisis and knowing that I had to make a choice between providing for my children or caring for my children,” she explained.
The custody hearing follows months of headlines regarding Taylor’s child abuse charges. For those who missed it, Taylor was arrested and charged with three counts of child abuse. She reportedly left the three children inside her hot Dodge Durango for approximately 45 minutes while she interviewed at a Farmers Insurance office in Scottsdale, AZ.
Taylor, a jobless Air Force veteran, told police that she had no available alternatives for child care so she had no choice but to take her children with her. She also reveal that she and her children had occasionally been homeless.
Her heart-wrenching photo and disheartening situation touched the hearts of many people around the country and some even felt compelled to raise funds for the struggling mother. In just two short months, Taylor received more than $114,000 in donations from thousands of people around the country. The funds reportedly aided Taylor with legal fees and personal expenses.
Although Taylor is doing much better now, she also revealed that she still hasn’t found employment but she’s hopeful an opportunity will come along. Right now, she’s just happy to have her children back! Do you agree with the court’s decision?
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