Reported by Ashley Naples
Earlier this year, sympathy poured out in the form of financial donations totally more than $100,000 to a struggling single mom who left her children in a scorching hot Arizona car while interviewing for a job. Shanesha Taylor’s tearful mugshot went viral, causing nationwide debates on social media about criminalizing poverty and the plight of single motherhood.
Taylor initially faced prison for her act, which had claimed the lives of several children throughout the nation this summer, but a judge presented her with a plea deal that would help her avoid prison and raise her children while seeking employment. As part of the deal, Taylor had to put $60,000 of the $100,000+ in donations she received in a trust fund for her children and attend special parenting classes.
Taylor raised eyebrows a few weeks ago when she returned to court asking that the amount of money allocated towards the children’s trust fund be reduced while she struggled to find employment. The judge proceeded to ask the troubled woman to present receipts showing how the donations she received were being spent. Taylor replied that the money had been deposited in her mother’s bank account, and she didn’t think her mother would be comfortable turning over documentation with her information on it. Of course, this didn’t sit well with the judge and prosecutors.
Now the shocking truth about what has happened with the money has emerged, and it looks like Taylor may be facing prison time after all.
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“The money is gone by all accounts,” says Reverend Jarret Maupin a former supporter of Shanesha Taylor. “It’s been spent on designer clothes, family outings in and out of this city and reports that $6000 spent on studio time for her baby daddy’s rap album.”
Activist Jarret Maupin once fought to keep Shanesha Taylor from going to jail by helping her bargain a plea deal. Part of the deal was Taylor had to put aside $40,000 in donations in a trust fund for her kids. But she didn’t. Now the plea deal is off, her lawyers quit, and she has to go to trial.
“I feel bamboozled and used a little bit, but I don’t regret it because on its face she was what she was,” Maupin says. “Everyone had sympathy for her, but what she’s become is something quite different.”