Report: Tearful Arizona mother who left kids in car for job interview cuts deal
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Shanesha Taylor, the Arizona mother who was arrested for leaving her kids in a hot car while she interviewed for a job, will have the charges against her dropped if she completes a diversion program, NBC News reported, citing Taylor’s spokeswoman and Maricopa County prosecutors.
According to an arrest log from the Scottsdale Police Department, a witness called authorities March 20 after hearing a child crying from a Dodge Durango parked outside an office building in Scottsdale, Ariz. The log stated police discovered a 2-year-old boy and 6-month-old girl inside the unattended SUV.
Taylor returned to the vehicle about 45 minutes later, telling authorities she had no one to watch the kids while she interviewed for a job at an insurance office, police said.
She was arrested on charges of child abuse, and her tearful mugshot sparked a social media reaction. An Arizona resident set up a donation page on YouCaring.com to raise money for Taylor’s bond and legal expenses. More than $100,000 in donations poured in for Taylor, who said she was unemployed and had no access to child care.
NBC reported Taylor will have to undergo 26 weeks of counseling and set up a trust fund from the donations for the children’s college education.
Prosecutor Bill Montgomery told NBC that “based on the facts and circumstances in this matter, we believe this agreement represents a just resolution that appropriately holds the defendant accountable for her actions while also recognizing the best interests of her family.”
“The stipulations of this agreement also ensure that pledges of support from members of the public will have a meaningful and positive impact,” added Montgomery.
The children are in state custody and Taylor will try to regain custody of them.