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Donations Continue to Pour in for Homeless Mother Arrested For Child Abuse After Job Interview

Homeless mother arrested for leaving children in hot car during job interview More than $50,000 have been raised so far for a 35-year-old homeless mother who was arrested on charges of child abuse after she was forced to leave her two sons in the car while she went on a job interview.

The online community has come together for a commendable cause, as strangers are digging deep into their pockets to help a mother who is witnessing the ugliest side of a faltering economy.

Shanesha Taylor, a single mother in Arizona, couldn’t afford to hire a baby sitter for her 2-year-old and 6-year-old boys but she needed to seek employment as soon as possible.

Taylor left the boys in her truck as she went on what she hoped would be a quick and successful job interview.

Once she returned to her car after the interview, however, police were waiting for her.

Someone passing by had noticed the children inside the car and heard one of the boys crying.

The truck was in direct sunlight at the time, making the inside of the vehicle extremely warm. All four windows were cracked but it wasn’t enough to compensate for the direct sunlight hitting the SUV.

Taylor tried to explain her heartbreaking situation to the police: She was a homeless mother trying to find a job so she could better care for her little boys and was unable to find a babysitter.

Police were still forced to take the children into custody and arrest Taylor on charges of child abuse. Her sons are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Thanks to a fundraiser set up through, Taylor’s bail has been covered and additional money is pouring in.

Many of Taylor’s online supporters find her bail, which has been set at $9,000, to be excessive.

Others shared previous experiences they had with Child Protective Services and claimed that being in their care is the last thing either of the little boys need at a time like this.

As of Sunday morning, $53,655 were donated through the website.

The original goal was a mere $9,000 to cover Taylor’s bail.

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All extra money will go to other legal expenses and helping Taylor recover from a financially and emotionally devastating situation.

Despite raising enough money for bail, the organizer of the fundraiser announced that “they have now decided to hold her until the 31st” and she is “working to find out why.”

Taylor’s situation has sparked a much needed discussion regarding the effects the poor economy has not only on those seeking employment, but their children as well.

As the donation website reads, “There are some of us that feel that Shanesha was in an unfortunate situation that sadly an economy like ours i putting many single mother’s in a position to make terrible mistakes like this.”

While nobody is arguing that it wasn’t dangerous for the young boys to be left in the vehicle, many donors are arguing that there are better solutions to this type of situation that would allow two boys to keep their mother and a woman who is facing incredibly hard times from being locked up when she was seeking honest employment.


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16 thoughts on “Donations Continue to Pour in for Homeless Mother Arrested For Child Abuse After Job Interview

  1. Jill Bloom says:

    I don't understand why, when the money has been raised, she is still in custody until a court date tomorrow. Hopefully her charges and bail amount will be reduced at that time. This mother needs help, not incarceration.

  2. Money was raised for bail but they still didn't release her… makes me wonder what they are doing to her children while she's locked up. I don't trust CPS too many horror stories.

  3. WE MUST take our lives back!

  4. Stacey Rivera-Green says:

    This is so sad.

  5. Nikki Riegler says:

    i agree, something is terribly wrong, my heart breaks for this lady and her 2 kids, this pisses me off, and just the other week a man left his baby in the car for hours while he was at work, and he got to go home!!!!! i dont trust CPS either…nor the law enforcement..this lady needs to get her 2 kids and go home NOW!those poor little kids too!!!!! i hope rnough money gets raised to get her a home too….

  6. Nikki Riegler says:


  7. Nikki Riegler says:

    and nine grand for bail!!!!!! wtf

  8. Sharon Doucette says:

    We are a country that doesn't seem to believe in helping its citizens or in second chances. We can go halfway around the world to 'spread democracy' , build schools, bridges, etcetera but can't/won't come to the aid of our own citizens hurt by this economy. The local authorities seem to be hellbent on making an example out of her by continuing to hold her.
    You'd think that someone would refer her to agencies that could help with her situation

  9. Nikki Riegler says:

    Sharon Doucette , i couldnt agree with you more!!!

  10. Erica Dinero Kelley says:

    It was 2 years old and 6 months old. And how many times has she does this before? This wasn't the first time, I'm sure.

  11. Judges say they are concern about the children . Are they really? Every time i hear or read about cases like this The children are taken away. She in JAIL Why? Because she poor and made a mistake. If judges was really concern about the children, After finding out the problem, He would have help her, Not put her in JAIL.

  12. most of the judges are crooks to just getting paid to put people in jail, only in Amer.

  13. What we need is free drop in daycare centers for people like this woman and so many others trying to dig their way out in this horrible economy…

  14. Star Masey says:

    Please share for homeless mother of 3.

  15. Star Masey says:

    Please share for homeless mother of 3.

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