An Arizona woman who was arrested last month after leaving her two small children in a hot vehicle while she went to a job interview is fighting to clear her name. According to an April 10 People magazine report Shanesha Taylor has the support of a New Jersey woman who has already raised over $100,000 to help her legal efforts.
Taylor,35, was unemployed and on food stamps when she went for the interview at an insurance company is Scotsdale. She couldn’t find a babysitter for her 6-month old and 2-year-old so she left them in the car, a Dodge Durango. The keys were in the ignition, but the air wasn’t running. The windows were rolled down an inch.
A witness called for help when they noticed the baby crying and sweating inside the vehicle. The temperature inside was over 100 degrees.
Taylor had tears rolling down her cheeks in her mug shot, which is what caught the attention of Amanda Bishop in New Jersey. She started a fundraising page for Bishop because she understood the difficult situation the mother was in – she needed the job to support her family and made a poor choice out of desperation.
County attorney Bill Montgomery is concerned that so much attention has been given to the mother, casting her as a victim. He says his worry is the continued safety of the children, who could have died inside the hot car. Taylor didn’t return to the car for over an hour after her interview time. She could receive up to seven years in prison.
Bishop doesn’t think it’s fair to condemn Taylor for one bad decision. She argues that the mother wasn’t out drinking at a bar with her children locked in the car, but was instead trying to better their lives. Her fundraising goal was originally only $9,000.