Shanesha Taylor was one of the many parents charged this year with leaving children in hot cars. In her case, it wasn’t a matter of forgetting the children were there. She left her two sons in the car with the windows cracked about an inch while she went into a Scottsdale, Arizona business for a job interview because she couldn’t find affordable day care.
After she was arrested, her tearful mugshot leaked online. Her story and mugshot tugged at the heartstrings of netizens everywhere. One of those netizens was Amanda Bishop. Bishop created a page on fundraising site YouCaring.com to help what she saw as a homeless single mother who loved her children and was trying to do what was best with the resources she had. Donations piled in quickly, and eventually the fund was over $100,000.
The courts took that fund into consideration, and Taylor struck a deal with the county attorney’s office. Two class-three felony child abuse charges would be dropped if Taylor performed a checklist of tasks. Prime in that list was that use $60,000 of that money to set up a trust fund for her children’s education and child-care expenses. She also had to attend parenting classes. If she didn’t do those, the charges would be reinstated. On Monday, Taylor could not prove to the courts that she had set up that fund.